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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Find information about community support and our services during the coronavirus pandemic, on our information for residents pages, our information for businesses pages, and our community support hub page which has guidance to help coordinate community organisations.

See a summary of our Local Outbreak Control Plan and read our frequently asked questions. 

Free School Meals

How to apply for free school meals at participating schools

There have been changes to this service due to the coronavirus pandemic. Please apply online, the normal eligibility criteria apply. These are not available directly from West Berkshire Council.  

Free School Meals (FSM) are provided to children whose parents/guardians are in receipt of:

  • Universal Credit (provided you have an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400, as assessed by earnings from up to three of your most recent assessment periods)
  • Income Support
  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance*
  • Income related Employment Support Allowance
  • support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 (from the National Asylum Support Service)
  • the guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child Tax Credit, provided you're not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual income of no more than £16,190
  • Working tax credit run on-paid for four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit

*Children who receive Income Based Job Seekers Allowance in their own right are also eligible to receive free school lunches. 

Applying for Free School Meals

To apply for free school meals at West Berkshire schools and maintained nurseries:

  • Apply online - it's quick and easy and you can do this at any time that is convenient for you - we'll contact you about your application and to confirm that you qualify
  • Apply over the phone through Customer Services - we'll take you through the form for you right there and then - just have your National Insurance number ready

Help for Families During Half Term

Help is available for families struggling to access food this half-term.

Anyone who needs help should contact the Community Support Hub on 01635 503579 or by email at westberksbct@westberks.gov.uk or you can ask for help from our Community Support Hub service online

The Community Support Hub is open during office hours; call between 8.30am and 5pm Monday to Thursday, or between 8.30am and 4.30pm on Friday. 


Who To Contact

For queries about Free School Meals and the Pupil Premium

01635 503622