APPLYING FOR FREE SCHOOL MEALS - Free school meal claims should be made by parent/carer using the Family Portal at     Parents/carers who have difficulties using or accessing this service should contact Free School Meals on 0191 5611417 or 07500951488 for additional support.


UNIVERSAL CREDITS AND TRANITIONAL PROTECTION - With the introduction and roll out of Universal Credits the government has taken the decision to leave all current and new claims (known as 'legacy protection') on free school meals until 31 March 2023 regardless of changes in financial or employment circumstances.