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Dear Parents/Carers,

It was announced today that Manchester City Council will provide free school meals for children who are eligible for an income related free school meal over the 1st week of the  half-term break (26 to 30 October 2020).  

You will receive £15 for each eligible child in your household. 


Eligible families will have been receiving a means tested free school meal from the school and will meet the following eligibility criteria. 

Your child qualifies for a free school meals if you get any of the following:  

  • Income Support  

  • income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance  

  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance  

  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999  

  • the guaranteed element of Pension Credit  

  • Child Tax Credit (provided you’re not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190)  

  • Working Tax Credit run-on - paid for 4 weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit  

  • Universal Credit - if you apply on or after 1 April 2018 your household income must be less than £7,400 a year (after tax and not including any benefits you get) 

  • families on a low income that receive the pupil premium   

MCC have a list of eligible children across schools in the city and will check applications against this list.


The period you can claim for 

This scheme only covers the October half term break from 26 to 30 October 2020. 

We will accept backdated applications until 6pm on Friday 13 November. 



The claim can be paid directly into your bank account or we can arrange a voucher that you can cash in a number of local shops. 

For more information, please click here.