11 March 2018

UC passported benefits - Free School Meals (England) UPDATE

The legislation which brings into force the income limit for entitlement to free school meals in England for families receiving UC was laid on 7 February 2018 and highlighted in our blog.

The legislation is due to come into effect from 1 April 2018 but before then, there are 2 parliamentary challenges which will mean it must be debated in both the House of Commons and the House of Lords.

Details of the challenges are available on the Parliament UK website:

The early day motion in the House of Commons (EDM 936

The Motion of Regret in the House of Lords

You can read LITRG’s response to the Government’s consultation about their proposal via the LITRG website

The Children’s Society have written extensively about the proposed policy and you can see their latest information on the Children’s Society website


The changes were debated in Parliament on 13 March 2018 and passed. A transcript of the debate is available on the Hansards website