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FSM Knowsley & Sefton


If you submit a claim for Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction and you are in receipt of one of the qualifying incomes listed below, we will automatically assess your entitlement to Free School Meals (FSM). This is completed at the point that we assess your entitlement to Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Reduction. There is no need for Knowsley residents to apply separately for FSM.

School meals are free for your child or children if you receive:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • An income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit and have an annual income of £16,190 or less
  • The guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

You are not entitled to free school meals if you receive Working Tax Credit.

Apply for school meals

To apply for free school meals, complete the free school meals application form and return to any One Stop Shop.


Free school meals are offered to children of families who are in receipt of Income Support, Income based Job Seekers Allowance or Employment Support Allowance (Income Related) (ESA(IR)), support under part V1 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, Guarantee Element of State Pension Credit or Child Tax Credits.

Your application will be assessed by a member of the Student Support Team.

Are you Eligible?