Foster carers are not entitled to claim free school meals as the fostering allowance includes funds to pay for school meals.
From 1 April 2018, changes have been introduced by central government. During the rollout of these changes, any child with an existing entitlement to free school meals will continue to receive free school meals until the rollout is completed. The rollout is scheduled to end on 31 March 2023.
New free school meal claimants from the 1 April 2018 will also be entitled until the end of the Universal Credit rollout period.
Once Universal Credit is fully rolled out, the child will keep their free school meal until the end of their current phase of education, i.e. primary or secondary.
How to apply
You can apply by using the free school meals application form.