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Is Your Child Entitled to Free School Meals and/or School Uniform and/or Physical Education Clothing Allowance?

Is Your Child Entitled to Free School Meals and/or School Uniform and/or Physical Education Clothing Allowance?

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Who is entitled?

For the 2015-2016 school year Free School Meals and/or School Uniform and/or Physical Education Clothing Allowance can be awarded if you are currently in receipt of one of the following benefits:-

  • Income Support; or
  • Income-Based Jobseeker’s Allowance; or
  • Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance; or
  • The Guarantee Element of State Pension Credit; or
  • Child Tax Credit or Working Tax Credit with an annual taxable income of £16,190 or less.
Or:-


  • if you are an Asylum Seeker supported by the Home Office National Asylum Support Service (NASS); or 
  • if your child has a statement of special educational needs and is designated to require a special diet.

*Please Note:-

1. Pupils must be in full-time education at school/college.

2. The Education Authority’s Clothing Scheme does not apply to pupils in attendance at Nursery School / Nursery Unit / Reception Class / Independent Schools or to pupils qualifying for Free School Meals under the ‘Special Diet’ criterion.

3. You can apply for Free School Meals for students at Colleges of Further Education who have not reached 18 years of age on 31 July, provided they are not attending a paid training course. You can apply for a Physical Education Clothing Allowance only if their course includes PE.

What could you save?

Many low income families are unaware of their entitlements or indeed the value of claiming these. If entitled, parents/guardians may save annually in excess of £400 per child by receiving Free School Meals and in addition can claim, as applicable, an allowance to the value of £22.00 up to £78.00 per child towards the purchase of a school uniform and/or physical education clothing.

Do you know?

Your child’s school is given extra funding for children entitled to Free School Meals. It is not necessary for your child to take the meal; the school will still receive the additional funding if your application is successful.

When can you apply?

Eligible applicants can apply now for Free School Meals and/or School Uniform and/or Physical Education Clothing Allowance for the next school year commencing September 2015.

Given the current economic climate and the hardship that many families may face, the Education Authority would encourage parents/guardians to apply for their entitlement.

How do you apply?

Only one application form is required to be completed which can be obtained by contacting your regional office of this authority or your child’s school. Forms are also available in your local Social Security Office or Citizens Advice Bureau Office.

Information is also available by logging onto www.eani.org.uk and clicking on I WANT TO…….


Education Authority Local Offices

Belfast Office

Meals and Uniform Section
Education Authority
40 Academy Street
Belfast
BT1 2NQ
Tel: 028 9056 4239/40

Ballymena Office

Meals and Uniform Section
Education Authority
County Hall
182 Galgorm Road
Ballymena
BT42 1HN
Tel: 028 2566 2571/2/3

Dundonald Office

Meals and Uniform Section
Education Authority
Grahamsbridge Road
Belfast
BT16 2HS
Tel: 028 9056 6200

Armagh Office

Meals and Uniform Section
Education Authority
3 Charlemont Place
The Mall
Armagh
BT61 9AX
Tel: 028 3751 2200

Omagh Office

Meals and Uniform Section
Education Authority
1 Hospital Road
Omagh
BT79 0AW
Tel: 028 8241 1496

SERVICES & INFORMATION

The Education and Library Boards (ELBs) were dissolved on 31 March 2015. The Education Authority was established on 01 April 2015 and is now responsible for all of the operational functions previously carried out by the five ELBs in accordance with the Education Orders.

40 Academy Street, Belfast, BT1 2NQ
Email: info@eani.org.uk