Free School Meals - Coronavirus

27th April 2020

If your salary is reduced as a result of these changes, you may be eligible for support through the welfare system, including Universal Credit.

Whether you are currently in or out of work, if you are on a low income and affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19, you will be able to access the full range of the welfare system, including Universal Credit.

From 6 April the government are increasing the standard allowance in Universal Credit and the basic element in Working Tax Credit for 1 year. Both will increase by £20 per week on top of planned annual uprating.

This will apply to all new and existing Universal Credit claimants and to existing Working Tax Credit claimants. More information on applying for Universal Tax Credit.

If you are on low income, you or your family may also be entitled to claim for free school meals. View the criteria for free school meals here.

The Free School Meal Team have a platform that enables you to make a quick application online where your eligibility can be assessed and an outcome can be given instantaneously. To apply for free school meals please visit the Free School Meal Portal.

If you have any other queries relating to free school meal entitlement you can email the team at freeschoolmeals@devon.gov.uk.