Free school meals and help with schoolwear

We can provide children with free school meals and financial assistance towards the purchase of school clothing. The current amount payable is £70 per qualifying child.

If you have already received £45 of the school clothing and footwear grant, the additional £25 will be paid in to the bank account details we currently hold for you on Tuesday 26 September 2017.  If you received your previous payment by cheque, an additional cheque will be issued to you week commencing 25 September 2017.

All children in primary one to three are automatically eligible for a free school meal. For all other children to qualify in 2017/18, you must meet one of the following 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 maximum Child Tax Credit and maximum Working Tax Credit with an annual income less than £6,420
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Universal Credit with a monthly income less than £610

School clothing and footwear grant

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Job Seeker’s Allowance
  • Any income related element of Employment and Support Allowance
  • Working Tax Credit and/or maximum Child Tax Credit with an income less than £16,105
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Universal Credit

The clothing grant is only paid once per child per school year between August and the following March.

How to apply or renew

If you are renewing you will need your claim number from your renewal letter.

Apply for or renew free school meals and clothing grants