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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 £120.00 per child for primary school pupils and £150.00 per child for high school pupils.

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

Apply for discounts or exemptions by signing in to your mygovscot myaccount or registering for a mygovscot myaccount if you don't already have one.

During October 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 October holidays. The payment will be made on Wednesday 5th October, along with the Scottish Child Payment – Bridging Payment.

The Scottish Child Payment - Bridging Payment is a payment of £130 per child from the Scottish Government. It gives additional help to families of school children entitled to free school meals (excluding P1-5 pupils entitled to the universal provision).

Although all P1-5 pupils receive a free school meal when attending schools, the payments will only be made if you receive free school meals based on any of the benefits listed above.

You do not have to apply. If you are eligible the payment will be paid into your bank account on Wednesday 5th October.

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:  www.fife.gov.uk/benefits