Free School Meal (FSM) entitlement

Children and young people attending school on a full time basis may be entitled to receive free school meals (FSM).

Your child may be eligible for FSM if you are in receipt of any of the following benefits/support payments:

  • Income Support
  • Income Based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit, provided they are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and their annual income does not exceed £16,190
  • Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • 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.

Young people who receive Income Related Employment and Support Allowance, Universal Credit, Income Support or Income Based Job Seekers Allowance in their own right may also  be eligible to receive FSM.

Your child will also need to be attending school full time.

If you have any queries relating to free school meal entitlement or how to apply, please contact Bridgend County Borough Council Benefits Section on 01656 643643.

Factors affecting free school meal uptake

There has been widespread concern that some children and young people might not be taking up their FSM entitlement because of stigma. In partnership with the Welsh Local Government Association, we created a report (external link) which weighs up a number of factors affecting the uptake of FSM and suggests possible solutions.

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