COVID-19 Financial Assistance

Support payments

Scottish Child Bridging Payments

The Scottish Government has announced a range of payments to support families who are eligible. Families on a low income with children in receipt of means tested free school meals (FSM) are entitled to a payment for each child in P1-S6.

If your child/children already receives FSM based on your low income, you do not need to apply, you will automatically be considered for this payment. An email or a letter will be issued to you confirming your eligibility ahead of each payment.

You can apply for FSM based on your low income to be eligible for this payment.

Payments are not being made for pre-school children (early learning childcare), however the Scottish Child Payment is available for children under the age of six.

Payment will be made into the bank account we previously paid your Clothing Grant (if you received one) and any previous pandemic support payments. If you did not receive a Clothing Grant or previous support payment, or there are any issues in us making payment to your bank account, we will issue a cheque to you in the post. 

For full details on this payment and future payments, visit the Scottish Government website.

Eligibility, payment amount and dates

Autumn 2021

  • value per eligible child: £160
  • period of eligibility: 23 September to end of term before October break
  • payment date: before October holidays if registered for free school meals (FSM) on 23 September, registrations after this date payments will be made by the second week of November

Winter 2021 (Family Pandemic Payment and uplift)

  • value per eligible child: £160
  • period of eligibility: 30 November to end of term before winter break
  • payment date: before the start of the winter holidays if registered for FSM on 30 November, registrations after this date payments will be made by the end of the second week of January

Spring 2022

  • value per eligible child: £130
  • period of eligibility: 2 February to end of term before Easter break
  • payment date: before Easter holidays if registered for FSM on 2 February, registrations after this date payments will be made by end of April

Summer 2022

  • value per eligible child: £130
  • period of eligibility: 30 May to end of term before summer break
  • payment date: before summer holidays if registered for FSM on 30 May, registrations after this date payments will be made by the end of July

Autumn 2022

  • value per eligible child: £130
  • period of eligibility: 23 September to end of term beforeOctober break
  • payment date: before October holidays if registered for FSM on 23 September, registrations after this date payments will be made by the second week of November

Winter 2022

  • value per eligible child: £130
  • period of eligibility: 30 November to end of term before winter break
  • payment date: before the start of the winter holidays if registered for FSM on 30 November, registrations after this date payments will be made by the end of the second week of January