Contact your child's school to sign up to the school's free online system to claim free school meals. You will also need to contact the school if you no longer require free school meals.

I’ve lost my job – will my child be eligible for free school meals?

Your child may be able to get 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)

If you think you may now be entitled to means tested free school meals for your children, you need to contact your child’s school. They will help you but need information from you, such as your national insurance number, to do this. Get in touch with your child's school.

Find out more about emergency financial support

Schools - check which pupils have free school meals

The Ed Bens Connect system allows schools to see which of their pupils have been awarded free school meals. The system is completely secure and schools can only view data about their own pupils. You can register as a user of Ed Bens Connect on this website.

Log in or register for Ed Bens Connect

Help with the cost of school uniforms

There is no uniform grant in Wirral as the council does not compel uniforms in schools.

Some schools will have free or low-cost uniform schemes. Wirral FUSS  
collects and distributes recycled uniforms free of charge
to anyone who needs them.