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You are strongly encouraged to register for Free School Meals for any year groups.

If you are on a low income or receive Child Benefit and any of the following benefits, you could claim free school meals for your child:

  • Child Tax credit
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Pension Credit (guaranteed credit)

You may qualify for Free School Meals for your child if:

  • You are an asylum seeker
  • Your combined income is £16,190 or less a year (this includes any benefits you are receiving)
  • You live outside Barking and Dagenham but meet the previous criteria and your child is attending a school in the borough
  • Your only or main income is one of the benefits listed over the page

Unless your child is in reception, year 1 or year 2, you will not qualify for free school meals for your child if:

  • Your combined income is more than £16,190 a year (this includes any benefits you are receiving)
  • You live in Barking and Dagenham but your child attends a school outside the borough (you would need to claim from the local authority the school is in)
  • You receive Working Tax Credit

Applications can also be processed online via the following links

Alternatively, if you live in Barking and Dagenham and you would like to speak to someone then please visit:

The One Stop Shop, Dagenham Library, 1 Church Elm Lane, Dagenham, RM10 9QS

Location map

The opening times are:

Monday to Friday 9am to 5.00pm (opens at 10.30am on the last Thursday of a month)

Saturday 9am to 1pm