Wigan Free School Meals

Wigan Council



Free school meals - Residents can save their household up to £418 a year per child

Pupil premium – Residents can apply for £1300 for their child’s school to improve education


Available In
  • Wigan
Available to Age Groups
  • No Restriction
What we can help with
  • Help with food and other essentials
  • Information on government/council support schemes
Available to these Groups
  • All Groups

Additional Information

Nursery - pre-school

If your child is aged 2, 3 or 4 years old and is attending a maintained nursery class or nursery school all day and you or your partner are in receipt of one of the qualifying benefits your child could be eligible for free school meals.

Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP) is additional funding for early years settings to improve the education they provide for 3 and 4 year olds whose parents are in receipt of qualifying benefits or for children who are looked after or have previously been looked after children.

Infants - Reception, Years 1 and 2

All children get free school meals if they are in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.

If you or your partner receive one of the qualifying benefits you can apply for pupil premium to get extra money for your child’s school.

Older Children - Year 3 to Year 11

Your child is eligible for free school meals if you or your partner receive one of the qualifying benefits.

When making your application you are also applying for the pupil premium for your child’s school.

Students in Further Education

If your child is aged between 16 and 18 and is attending a further education funded institution you will be entitled to claim free meals if you or your partner receive one of the qualifying benefits.

Students who turn 19 during their studies will remain eligible for a free meal until the end of the academic year in which they turn 19 or to the end of their study programme, whichever is sooner.

There is no pupil premium for further education.

What are the qualifying benefits?

You will be entitled to apply for free school meals and/or pupil premium for your child if you or your partner receive one or more of the following benefits: 

  • Universal Credit (see information on new eligibility criteria below)
  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • The guaranteed part of State Pension Credit
  • Support under part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Child Tax Credit (providing you are not entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by the Inland Revenue)
  • Working Tax Credit run-on (paid 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)

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