Universal Infant Free School Meals (UiFSM)

All children in Reception Year 1 or Year 2 in state-funded schools are entitled to free school meals, regardless of whether their families get qualifying benefits or not.

To help maximise the pupil premium the schools receive, we carry out weekly checks to ensure no child or school misses out on their entitlement to UIFSM. We also inform parents who may be entitled to free school meals (FSM) once their child has left year 2.

Our service includes access to an online portal allowing you to view details for eligible pupils, a specialist officer and a dedicated telephone line for schools and parents. Our team is based within the Revenue and Benefit Service so in addition to responding to claims from parents we proactively identify families that may be entitled and invite parents to make a claim.

We check eligibility for pupil premium every week to ensure that no entitlement is missed. These checks are carried out without the need for schools to supply or check any information, removing unnecessary administration for you or your staff.


  • Weekly eligibility checks with no input or administration required from schools.
  • Secure access to a 24/7 online portal to check up to date entitlement details at a time convenient for you.
  • Secure online application form through the Waltham Forest website. Paper forms can also be sent to parents on request.
  • Maximising pupil premium take up through close working links with Revenues and Benefits teams and the School Admissions department.
  • Annual update of eligibility thresholds for Child Tax Credit and any change in legislation or DfE guidance.
  • Telephone helpline service Monday to Friday for schools and parents.
  • Liaison with Waltham Forest education services allows us to identify children who may be eligible, and notify their parents.
  • Liaison with other agencies such as Council Connect and HMRC regarding Child Tax Credit and Department of Work and Pensions. We have a Priority Guidance Line with HMRC.

Applications are processed via the Capita ONE system. Alternative software can be used if required.

More details

For information can be found on the Waltham Forest website.

Get in touch

Nick Cornell

Telephone: 020 8496 8473 
Email: nick.cornell@walthamforest.gov.uk

Ellise Curran

Telephone:020 8496 8506
Email: ellise.curran@walthamforest.gov.uk

Last update: Tuesday 24th of September 2019 11:19:39 AM