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<p>Information on the number of individual applications made for free school meals through schools or local authorities is not held centrally.</p><p>Universal Credit (UC) has been introduced on a phased basis, both geographically, and to different claimant types – initially to single claimants and couples without children, before being made available to families. Universal Credit Full Service has been available to all claimant types, including families, in Hartlepool, Hastings and Swindon as follows:</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p><strong>Area</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Date UC full service rollout completed</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Hartlepool</strong></p></td><td><p>7 December 2016</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Hastings</strong></p></td><td><p>14 December 2016</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Swindon</strong></p></td><td><p>14 December 2016</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The department collects and publishes data on the number of pupils known to be eligible for and claiming free school meals at local authority level. The number of pupils recorded as eligible and claiming free school meals over this period is as follows:</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td colspan="5"><p> </p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Area</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>Local Authority Area</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>January 2016</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>January 2017</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>January 2018</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Hartlepool</strong></p></td><td><p>Hartlepool</p></td><td><p>3,366</p></td><td><p>3,450</p></td><td><p>3,924</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Hastings</strong></p></td><td><p>East Sussex</p></td><td><p>8,321</p></td><td><p>8,208</p></td><td><p>8,497</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>Swindon</strong></p></td><td><p>Swindon</p></td><td><p>3,958</p></td><td><p>4,006</p></td><td><p>4,176</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p><br>This data includes pupils at state-funded nursery and primary schools, secondary schools, special schools and pupil referral units and alternative provision academies and free schools.</p><p>Further data is available on free school meals eligibility for local authority area is available at:</p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/schools-pupils-and-their-characteristics-january-2016" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/schools-pupils-and-their-characteristics-january-2016</a>.</p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/schools-pupils-and-their-characteristics-january-2017" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/schools-pupils-and-their-characteristics-january-2017</a>.</p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/schools-pupils-and-their-characteristics-january-2018" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/schools-pupils-and-their-characteristics-january-2018</a>.</p><p>There has been a general decrease in the number of children eligible for and claiming free school meals over the last five years as the economy has improved. However, changes to the free school meals eligibility criteria introduced on 1 April 2018 along with the protections in place for children currently eligible for free school meals mean we expect more pupils will be entitled to free school meals by 2022 when compared to the previous criteria.</p><p>The total number of pupils eligible for free school meals over the last five years is as follows:</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p> </p></td><td><p><strong>January 2014</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>January 2015</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>January 2016</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>January 2017</strong></p></td><td><p><strong>January 2018</strong></p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>No. pupils</strong></p></td><td><p>1,263,055</p></td><td><p>1,195,448</p></td><td><p>1,141,784</p></td><td><p>1,128,183</p></td><td><p>1,106,495</p></td></tr><tr><td><p><strong>% pupils</strong></p></td><td><p>16.3</p></td><td><p>15.2</p></td><td><p>14.3</p></td><td><p>14.0</p></td><td><p>13.6</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p>
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