Financial support for families this winter

Families with children who are eligible for income-based free school meals will receive a £20 voucher for each eligible child to help with the cost of food, utilities and other essentials this winter. Vouchers will be sent to families by email. Families without email access will receive their vouchers by post.

Read more about our free school meal vouchers. You can also find answers to frequently asked questions in our news article.

If you have concerns about money, wellbeing or need help getting food or supplies, you can call our coronavirus helpline on 0161 217 6046.

You can also visit our money advice and support pages for financial support during coronavirus.

Free school meals

1. Free school meals

You can get free school meals if you are responsible for a child (for example, you receive Child Benefit for them) who is at school - including nursery children who attend full days at a school nursery and sixth form students - as long as you get one of these qualifying incomes:

  • Income Support
  • income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Universal Credit (provided your household income is less than £7,400 a year after tax and not including any benefits you get)
  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you are not 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

If your child is eligible for free school meals, they’ll remain eligible until they finish the phase of schooling (primary or secondary) they’re in on 31 March 2022.

If you have a query about free school meals you can email

Free school meals and clothing grants