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Free School Meals


If you have not already we would urge you to apply for free school meals. Free school meals should not be confused with universal free school meals which all children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 automatically qualify for. Free school meals is something you must apply for, it entitles your child to free meals and school milk and its also ensures school receives extra funding.

Below we have included links and more information. If you qualify please apply for all of your children in school regardless of what year group they are in.

Please visit the Salford website: https://www.salford.gov.uk/schools-and-learning/free-school-meals/ for more information.


Who qualifies?

Your child may be able to get free school meals if you get any of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Income-related employment and support allowance
  • The guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Universal Credit (not working)
  • Universal Credit (working and net earnings are less than £7,400 per year)*
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190
  • Where a parent is entitled to Working Tax Credit Run-on, paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • If you get support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

* Please note: To be entitled to claim free school meals (FSM) when working and claiming Universal Credit, the earnings for one period should be no more than £616.67, earnings for the last two periods should be no more than £1,233.34, and the earnings for the last three periods should be no more than £1,850.00. Therefore if your earnings for one, two or three periods are below the upper earnings limits stated, you would be entitled to claim FSM. You will need to upload screen shots of each page of the relevant payment statement(s), especially the page(s) showing any deductions that are being made, with your online application, so we can then determine if you are entitled to claim free school meals. However, if your earnings for one period exceed £616.67, or if your earnings for two periods exceed £1,233.34, or if your earnings for three periods exceed £1,850.00, then you would not qualify to claim FSM.

Children who receive any of the above benefits in their own right (for example they get payments directly, instead of through a parent or guardian) can also get free school meals.


Apply in the following ways:

Apply online

We now have two online application forms available for parents:

If you are claiming any of the qualifying benefits listed above, please use this form:


Apply for income related free school meals


Or if you are an asylum seeker please use this form:

Apply for free school meals as an Asylum Seeker


If you have a general enquiry about free school meals please use our contact FSM form.


Apply by telephone


If you are claiming housing benefit and/or council tax reduction which is assessed using one of the qualifying incomes above, for example Income Support or Jobseekers Allowance, or if we can confirm you are entitled by checking on the department for Education FSM eligibility checking service (ECS), then we should be able to process your free school meal applications over the phone, so please call 0161 793 2500 to apply.


Documents you may need to produce


If you are applying in person, please be sure to bring documentary proof that you are currently in receipt of any of the above qualifying benefits, or confirmation that you receive support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 (eg IND letter or a NASS letter).

We will be unable to process your application for free school meals unless we have seen the necessary proof that you are entitled to claim.