Free School Meals and Clothing Grant

The Scottish Government has confirmed that free school meal provision, whether in the form of meals or payments, will be available for eligible children through holiday periods as well as term time

Update - 22nd December 2020 - Parents/Carers of children eligible for a free school meal will receive an automatic payment to their bank account which will cover the period up until the 18th January 2021. This will include pupils in P1-P3 who are currently receiving payments through the holidays.

Parents/guardians of pupils entitled to a free school meal will automatically receive a cash payment into their bank account to cover holiday period, there is no need to apply for this. The same process is in place for children required to self-isolate as a result of trace and protect: a payment will be made to cover the cost of lunch during their period of absence.

This does not apply to children entitled to universal provision on P1-3.

 

Check the table below to see if you qualify:

Benefit 

Clothing Grant 

Free School Meals 

Evidence Required 

Income Support, Jobseekers Allowance (Income Based) or Employment and Support Allowance (Income Related)

Yes

Yes

Current letter of confirmation from Department Work & Pension

Council Tax Rebate or Housing Benefit (25% Reduction For Single Occupancy is not included)

Yes

No

Written notification from Council

Child Tax Credit but not Working Tax Credit (Income should not exceed £16,105)

No

Yes

Tax Credit Award Notice (TC602)

Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit (Income should not exceed £7,330)

Yes

Yes

Tax Credit Award Notice (TC602)

Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

No

Yes

Letter of confirmation

Universal Credit

* Monthly take home pay for period must be under £610

YesYesDecision Notice

Please note - since January 2015, all pupils in Primary 1-3 are entitled to a free school meal. Parents do not have to register for this; all pupils will receive this meal automatically.

If your child is in Primary 1-3 and attending Ulva Primary or Iona Primary, please contact the Head Teacher to discuss the local arrangements, as no lunch is currently provided.

How to apply

You can apply online:

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