The DfE has permanently extended free school meal eligibility to children in all households with no recourse to public funds (NRPF), subject to maximum income thresholds.
This guidance explains who these groups are and how schools can verify their eligibility and award free school meals.
Schools and local authorities are not able to use the eligibility checking system (ECS) to confirm eligibility for these families as the family will not be in receipt of Universal Credit or legacy benefits.
Providing free school meals to families with no recourse to public funds (NRPF) – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
The following guidance details the eligibility criteria for schools and assistance to make a claim for additional pupil premium funding.
No recourse to public funds: claim form guidance – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
If you have any further queries, please contact the free school meals team on 0345 606 6067 or [email protected]