Transitional protection for free school meals

From the Department for Education

We will protect all pupils that would have lost their entitlement to free school meals as a result of the change in the qualifying period. 

This will operate as follows: 

  • Any pupil eligible for free school meals before 1 April 2018 will keep their free school meal eligibility until 31 March 2022.
  • Any pupil who becomes eligible during the roll-out of the Universal Credit (from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2022) will keep their eligibility until 31 March 2022.
  • Once the roll-out of Universal Credit has completed (31 March 2022), any losing pupil will continue to be transitionally protected until the end of their current phase of education eg primary/secondary.
  • This applies whether parents receive Universal Credit or legacy benefits.
  • Pupils will keep their eligibility even if their circumstances change between 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2022. 
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