Check your eligibility before beginning your application.
If you are not eligible under the benefits listed above but your child has a Statement of Special Educational Needs (stage 5) and also requires a special diet, you can request a paper Special Diet Application Form from the Meals and Uniform Section by emailing email@example.com.
Please note that BOTH these criteria must be met otherwise your child will not qualify.
If applying under Child Tax Credit or Working Tax Credit all pages of your Tax Credits Award Notice (TC602) for the year 06/04/2021 to 05/04/2022 must be attached to the application. Tax Credits Award Notices (TC602) before these dates cannot be accepted.
NB – if you have received a TC603R Annual Review Notice instead of a TC602 Notice, answer ‘no’ and another option will be shown.
If you have misplaced/lost your TC602/TC603R you must contact HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) on their Helpline 0345 300 3900 to request a replacement. If you have renewed your Tax Credits and have not received a TC602/TC603R or a replacement from HMRC by the end of July 2021 you can submit this application but must attach a letter stating why a TC602/TC603R is not attached.
This may delay your claim.
If you have not received your 06/04/2021 to 05/04/2022 Tax Credits Award Notice (TC602) but have received a Tax Credits Annual Review Notice (TC603R) for the year ended April 2021 which states 'Check now no later than 31/07/2021' then you can attach this to your application. Tax Credits Annual Review Notices (TC603R) which state 'Reply now no later than 31/07/2021' cannot be accepted. You must attach all pages of your TC603R, which must include household income details where applicable.
If your TC603R notice does not state your income but you have received a later, separate document from HMRC confirming this, you must attach all pages of your TC603R notice as well as the extra document which states your income details.
If you are applying under Universal Credit you must attach all pages of your most recent Universal Credit Payments breakdown, which can be found by logging into your Universal Credit account at https://www.gov.uk/universal-credit and clicking on your most recent payment details where you will be shown the breakdown of all payments and deductions of how your Universal Credit has been calculated. This will ensure that you provide us with all of the necessary information.
You must attach your Asylum documents such as your Application Registration Card (ARC) or BAIL 201 letter to show that you are supported by the Home Office Asylum Support Assessment Team (ASAT) or evidence from your Key Worker in the Red Cross/Barnardos/Extern, etc. to confirm that you are an Asylum Seeker and that you have applied for support.