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Free school meals and school clothing grants

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Free school meals and school clothing grants

We can provide free school meals and a school clothing grant if you are on a low income. The school clothing grant is £170 per child for primary school pupils and £200 per child for high school pupils.  These amounts include a £50 cosy coat payment funded by Fife Council.

To qualify for free school meals and a school clothing grant you must be in receipt of one of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Job Seekers Allowance (Income Based)
  • Employment and Support Allowance (Income Related)
  • Child Tax Credit only with annual income below £17,005
  • Child Tax Credit & Working Tax Credit with annual income below £7,920
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration & Asylum Act 1999
  • Universal Credit, where monthly earned income does not exceed £660
  • Long Term Incapacity Benefit  (school clothing grant only)
  • Widows Allowance -  if not in full time employment (school clothing grant only)
  • Child Tax Credit & Working Tax Credit with annual income below £17,005 (school clothing grant only)

All children in primary 1-5 can receive a free school meal without an application however, you must still apply to receive free school milk and a school clothing grant.

How to apply

If you don’t receive Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Reduction, you can check if you qualify and apply for them along with free school meals and clothing grant.

If you don’t own or rent your home, and want to apply for free school meals and clothing grant separately, this can be done at the link below. You'll need to sign in to your mygovscot myaccount or register for a mygovscot myaccount if you don't already have one.

During Christmas Holidays

Parents and carers of children who receive Free School Meals, based on benefit entitlement, will get a payment of £24.00 (£2.40 per day), per child for the Christmas holidays. You do not have to apply. If you are eligible the payment will be paid into your bank account on Wednesday 14th December, along with the Scottish Child Payment – Bridging Payment.

Scottish Child Payment

Scottish Child Payment applications are now open for children aged 6 – 15.

It is important that you make your application as soon as possible. If you already receive Scottish Child Payment for a child under 6 but you have older children you must contact Social Security Scotland to let them know.

You can apply online at which should take around 10 to 20 minutes in total. Before applying, you'll need:

  • the dates of birth of any children you have
  • your partner's details, if you have a partner
  • your bank details, if you have an account

If you cannot apply online, you can apply by calling Social Security Scotland free on 0800 182 2222.  Please be aware that lines may be busy, due to the number of children and families who are newly eligible for this benefit, therefore it may take longer than normal for calls to be answered.

The Scottish Child Payment - Bridging Payment is a payment from the Scottish Government to provide additional help to families of school children entitled to free school meals (excluding P1-5 pupils entitled to the universal provision).

Fife Council will pay the final Scottish Child Payment Bridging Payment on Wednesday 14th December.  There is no requirement to apply for the Bridging Payment, this will be paid automatically into bank accounts of those eligible.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

For more information on managing your benefits, living on a budget or help to find work, please see our Benefits Section: