For the school there is a lot of work to be done, even with a straightforward application.
You've got to:
- confirm eligibility for every applicant
- check all applicants' eligibility throughout the year
- carry out charging and debt recovery if a family is no longer entitled to a FSM
- respond to queries about eligibility and change of circumstances
- stay up to date with the legislation around FSM and the qualifying benefits
- identify free school meals and pupil premium for the schools census