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A Free School Meal, provided to a child or young person during a school break, is paid for by Government. For a child to qualify for a Free School Meal, their parent or carer must be receiving particular eligible benefits as stated by Government. Free School Meal applications are dealt with in different ways according to the Local Authority where you live. Some Local Authorities provide a centralised application process, whilst in other areas, individual schools deal with their parents/carers application. Usually the school caterer is informed of a pupils eligibility, it is unusual for pupils or their parents to be given physical cash for a meal. Traditionally, when applying for a Free School Meal, parents would need to present evidence of their eligible benefit, usually in the form of a letter from the Department for Work and Pensions, Tax Credits (HMRC) or the Home Office. In October 2007, the Department for Children, Schools and Families introduced an 'Online Hub' pilot which...
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