The Department’s primary aim is to ensure that those most in need are able to access free school meals and uniform grants following the introduction of Universal Credit.
The Department plans to introduce the receipt of Universal Credit with a net earnings threshold of £14,000 by a parent/guardian or pupil to the eligibility criteria to provide free school meals and uniform grants. It is intended that this new criterion should approximately maintain the numbers of pupils entitled within the available resources. This new criterion will eventually replace five existing welfare benefit based criteria. The five benefits will be phased out and replaced by Universal Credit by March 2022.
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