There are significant changes to free school meal eligibility following the roll out of Universal Credit and we are encouraging as many parents as possible to apply for free school meals.

Due to the transition protection arrangements from the DfE, any child that is eligible for a free school meal before the 1st April 2018 will have that eligibility protected until the end of the roll out of Universal Credit (March 2022) or the end of their educational phase at that point.

Any children in Year 3 today and eligible for a free school meal will continue to be eligible for a free school meal until the end of Secondary school.

More information is available on the Wigan website:  https://www.wigan.gov.uk/Resident/Benefit-Grants/Free-school-meals.aspx

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