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Department for Education agrees to extend Free School Meal eligibility

In response to a judicial review pre-action letter from lawyers, the Department for Education has agreed to extend free school meal entitlement to some families who have No Recourse to Public Funds.

The Department of Education has confirmed, in its lawyers’ response to a judicial review pre-action letter, that free school meal provision will be extended to families:

  • Reliant on section 4 support, this is support provided to refused asylum seekers who have reached the end of their appeal avenues.
  • Granted leave to remain as ‘Zambrano carers’, this means that the child is British national with a parent who is a non EEA national and the child requires the parent to remain in the UK in order to provide care.
  • Granted leave to remain under Article 8 European Convention on Human Rights. This means that a person is granted leave to remain under art 8 which refers to the right to family life but they have the No Recourse to Public Funds restriction.
  • Supported under section 17 Children Act 1989 and who have ‘no recourse to public funds’. Section 17 support is support provided by Local Authorities to families who are found to be destitute.

The mechanism for delivery of this support is as of yet unclear, however families or carers who have these immigration conditions should apply to their local authority for support.

Published Thursday 9 April 2020

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