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Free school meals supplementary grant: 2018 to 2019

Conditions of grant and published allocations for the 2018 to 2019 financial year.

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Free school meals supplementary grant: allocations 2018 to 2019

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Free school meals supplementary grant: allocations 2018 to 2019

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Free school meals: supplementary grant guidance

Details

The free school meals supplementary grant provides schools with extra funding to help them meet the higher costs of providing extra meals before the lagged funding system catches up.

This follows the introduction of Universal Credit, which increases the number of pupils eligible for free school meals.

We use the number of pupils eligible for free school meals in the October 2017 and October 2018 school census returns to calculate this grant. This includes pupils in reception to year 11, pupils in nursery or sixth form are not included.

Published allocations

You can see how the grant is allocated at school and local authority level in the allocations spreadsheets.

Conditions of grant

Local authorities must comply with these terms and conditions when administering the grant.

Further information

You can also read the guidance to find out how the grant has been calculated, and when payments are made.

Local authorities should use income code ‘I18: additional grant for schools’ for this grant in the consistent financial reporting return.

Published 24 July 2018
Last updated 26 March 2019 + show all updates
  1. We have added details of how the grant is calculated to the main page, in response to enquiries from schools. We have also clarified that local authorities should use code I18: additional grant for schools for reporting this grant in consistent financial reporting returns.

  2. We have corrected a minor error with the published allocations.

  3. We have added the conditions of grant, and published allocations, for 2018 to 2019.

  4. Added clarification to supplementary guidance (page 5).

  5. First published.