The table below provides a guide to the eligibility criteria.  This applies to applications for free school meals and the footwear and clothing grant.

Qualifying Criteria
Clothing Grant
Free School Meals

Income Support, Jobseeker's Allowance (Income Based), Employment Support Allowance (Income Related) or Support under part V1 of the Immigrations and Asylum Act 1999

Universal Credit, please provide your most recent printout from your online journal confirming your latest UC payment  breakdown

Only if annual earnings less than £16,105

You may qualify if you have no earnings or monthly earnings are below £625 per month

Child Tax Credit, but not Working Tax Credit and your gross annual income is below £16,105 (as assessed on your Tax Credit award letter from HR Revenues & Customs for 2021/2022)
Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit and your gross annual income is below £16,105 (as assessed on your Tax Credit award letter from HR Revenues & Customs for 2021/2022)

Only if your annual income is below £7,500


For Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit, you will need to provide us with all the pages of your recent Tax Credit Award letter. This should be dated in the last 3 months and show your expected income. For all other allowances, you need to provide your reward letter. These should be supplied at the time of applying and applications cannot be processed until this has been received.

By completing an application you confirm that the information is correct to the best of your knowledge and we ask that you inform the Council of any change in your financial circumstances.  

Please note: This list is not exhaustive and is designed to give an indicator of entitlement rather than an official award. This would only be confirmed once we have all the details and evidence required to process your application.

The footwear and clothing grant is closed but can still apply for the Free School Meals.

Primary Aged Children will receive payment of £130 and £150 for Secondary aged child. Pupils who turn 16 on or before 30th September will not be eligible for an award of clothing grant but should apply for Education Maintenance Allowance and Free School Meals.  Please note nursery children are not eligible for a Footwear and Clothing Grant. 

Please note if you are eligible for Footwear and Clothing Grant, Education Maintenance Allowance or Free School Meals we may use the bank details you have provided to make payment throughout the holiday periods. 

If your child is in P1 to P4

Free School Meals are offered to ALL pupils in P1 - P4 without the need for parents/carers to submit an application form. However, an application form must be completed if you also require a school clothing grant for your child in P1-P4.

Please note that from 5 January 2022, children in P5 will also be entitled to free school meals.

If your child is P5 or above

You can claim free school meals and a school clothing grant for your child(ren) if you are receiving:

  • 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 income of less than £16,105
  • Both Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit with an income of up to £7,500
  • If you are between 16 and 18 years old and receive any of these benefits in your own right, you can claim free school meals for yourself.
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Universal Credit with a monthly earned income of not more than £625

We will notify your headteacher that your child(ren) are eligible for Free School Meals.

We are unable to backdate payment for Free School Meals.

Please read the Privacy Notice before completing the form.

Do not use this form if your child starts Primary 1 in August 2022. An updated form will be available for you in July 2022.

If you experience any issues with this form please let us know.

Last updated: Wednesday, May 4, 2022 11:02 AM