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.
The following guidance details the eligibility criteria for schools and assistance to make a claim for additional pupil premium funding.
If you have any further queries, please contact the free school meals team on 0345 606 6067 or [email protected]