Children of groups who have no recourse to public funds

These groups are:

  • Children of Zambrano carers
  • Children of families with no recourse to public funds with a right to remain in the UK on grounds of private and family life under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human rights
  • Children of families receiving support under Section 17 of the Children Act 1989 who are also subject to a no recourse to public funds restriction.

These groups are also subject to a maximum household earnings threshold of £7,400 per annum.

In addition, eligibility has been extended temporarily to children of a subset of failed asylum seekers supported under Section 4 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.  This group is not subject to a maximum household earnings threshold.

Note: this extension for these groups will end when schools have reopened to all children.

More detailed information about this temporary extension is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-free-school-meals-guidance/guidance-for-the-temporary-extension-of-free-school-meals-eligibility-to-nrpf-groups

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