Free school meals eligibility for families with no recourse to public funds

23 Apr 2020

During the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the government has temporarily extended free school meal eligibility to include some children of groups who have no recourse to public funds (NRPF).

The application form is available in the download section below. Families can apply if they are from these groups:

  • children of Zambrano carers
  • children of families with no recourse to public funds with a right to remain in the UK on grounds of private and family life under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights
  • children of families receiving support under Section 17 of the Children Act 1989 who are also subject to a no recourse to public funds restriction

To be eligible for free school meals, applicants must also show that they are earning less than £31,500 annually. This equates to a maximum of £2,625 per month. Where possible, please also provide a document to show this – this could be a bank statement, a pay slip or an employment contract.

We are also temporarily extending eligibility to children of a subset of failed asylum seekers supported under Section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999. This group is not subject to a maximum household earnings threshold.

This extension is temporarily in place to support families facing difficulties due to the current unique circumstances. It covers both children who are attending school and children who are at home.

For more information, read the government guidance on providing free school meals during the coronavirus outbreak.

Please email the application with any necessary documents to

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Last updated: 29 Sep 2020

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