Free school meals and help with schoolwear

Free school meals

P1-P5

All children in P1-P5 will receive a free school meal automatically during term time from August 2021.

If you meet the income criteria and have a child in P1-P5 you should still apply for free school meals. The Scottish Government provide additional funding to schools based on pupils who are entitled to free school meals. We will also be able to consider you for any further support available during school holidays, as you must meet the income criteria and have applied to be eligible.

P6-S6

To be eligible for free school meals for children in P7-S6, you must meet the income criteria below and apply.

Plans are also being developed to make free school meals available to all P6-P7 pupils. More information will be available once details are confirmed.

School clothing grant

The award of clothing grants is to assist with the cost of school clothing for families who are on a qualifying benefit and have a child attending P1-S6.

The new award for a school clothing grant for 2021-22 is £120 per child for a primary school pupil and £150 per child for a secondary school pupil. This is paid once per qualifying child, per academic year from July to 31 March the following year.

School clothing grant payments

Clothing grant payments are usually paid directly to the applicants bank account. Payments will normally be made two/three weeks after you submit your application and provide any supporting evidence required.

If you have applied for a child starting P1, or a child returning to school for S5-S6, we must wait for the school to confirm your child’s attendance. As a result, payment for those children will be delayed until schools return. 

Qualifying criteria

Free school meals

  • Income Support
  • Income based Job Seeker’s Allowance
  • any income related element of Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit, but not Working Tax Credit, with an annual income less than £16,105
  • both Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit with an annual income of up to £7.5k
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Universal Credit with monthly earnings less than £625

School clothing and footwear grant

  • Council Tax Reduction
  • Income Support
  • Income based Job Seeker’s Allowance
  • any income related element of Employment and Support Allowance
  • Working Tax Credit and/or Child Tax Credit with an income less than £16,105
  • both Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit with an annual income less than £7.5k
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Universal Credit with monthly earnings less than £625

How to apply

Applications for School Clothing Grants are closed for the 2021-22 school year. If you are not already receiving Free School Meals and wish to apply for the remainder of the current school year contact Customer Advice and Support.

Applications for the 2022-23 school year will open in June and our online application form will be made available form then.

How to renew

If you have previously received free school meals/clothing grants during 2021-22, you will receive a renewal letter advising you can now reapply. Use the reference number quoted on your renewal letter when reapplying.

Don’t make a renewal application until you receive your letter as this can’t be processed and you will need to reapply at the end of the school year.

Verification required

The application form will advise you of the evidence required to support your application based on the criteria selected.

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