Free School MealsWelsh Government has made funding available for a free school meal allowance of £19.50 per week per entitled learner to make the free school meal provision available during school holidays up to 31 August 2022 when the payments will no longer be made.
Eligible learners will receive a payment of £19.50 per week from 14 July 2022 until 18 August 2022. An additional payment of £3.90 will be made on 14 July 2022 to cover the school allocated for the Queen’s Jubilee.
Reception, Year 1 and Year 2
Free school meals will be offered to learners in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 from 1 September 2022 as part of the Welsh Government roll out of the Universal Primary School Free School Meal.
If you are on low income it is important for you to make an application for Free School Meals for your children regardless of the universal provision because the Free School Meal Benefit eligibility makes other benefits available to you and increases the funding for your child’s school.
Year 11 and Year 13
In addition, there is funding available for eligible Year 11 and Year 13 learners for the period they are not required to be in school on study leave.
A lump sum payment of £78.00 to cover the 4-week period from 6 June to 30 June 2022 on 23 June 2022.
Weekly payment of £19.50 will be made on 30 June and 7 July 2022 to cover this study leave period.
Weekly payments will be made as for all eligible learners up to 31 August 2022 when the payments will end.
Free School Meals are for pupils attending Conwy County Borough Council schools whose parents/guardians receive one of the following:
- Income Support*
- Income-Based Jobseeker's Allowance*
- Child Tax Credit provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual household income, as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs that does not exceed £16,190
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.
- State Pension Credit Guarantee Element
- Employment Support Allowance Income Related*
- Working Tax Credit ‘run on’ - the payment someone may receive for a further four weeks after they stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit
- Universal Credit with annual net earnings of no more than £7400 (April, 2019).
(*Pupils who receive Income Support, Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, Employment Support Allowance Income Related or Universal Credit with annual net earnings limit of £7400 in their own right are also eligible)
If you currently receive a free school for one of your children from being in receipt of Universal Credit, Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance Income Based, Employment Support Allowance Income Related, Guaranteed Pension Credit, you will continue to receive entitlement for that child until December, 2023, even if your circumstances change. You will however need to inform us if your child leaves or changes school before this date.
Free School Meals in Wales Information for Parents and Guardians
Free School Meals in Wales Information for Schools
If your child/children are already in receipt of Free School Meals there is no requirement to complete an application form each year, unless there has been a change in your circumstances.
How to apply
Revenue and Benefits Assessment Services,
PO Box 1,
If you require a paper form, or any help in completing the form; or have any other questions, you can contact the Benefit Team on telephone number 01492 576491.