Following additional funding received from the Scottish Government, we have agreed to provide financial support to pupils as follows:

Free school meals for pupils not attending school in person

The additional financial support for qualifying pupils over the Christmas school holidays will be rolled on for the period 7 to 29 January 2021.

A daily payment of £3.50 per pupil will be paid to parents or carers in receipt of free school meals or a clothing grant awarded in the current school session.

This payment will be made for the period 7 January to 29 January 2021 as an alternative to the provision of a free school meal while your child is not in school

How will the payment be made to parents and carers?

We will make direct payments to your bank account, using the details we hold on your Free School Meals or Clothing Grant claim. This will be the same bank account we used to pay your Clothing Grant award, unless you have provided new bank details since then.

If no bank details are held on file, payments will be issued by cheque.

When will I be paid?

Payment for each eligible pupil will be made on or around:

  • £24.50 paid on Friday 8 January 2021 for the period 7 to 15 January 2021.
  • £35.00 paid on Friday 15 January for the period 18 to 29 January 2021.

While payments should be received on these dates this may vary slightly depending on your bank and payment method. Parents and carers receiving payment will be emailed to confirm the payment.

Who is not eligible for this additional support?

Pupils not eligible for this are:

  • Pre-school pupils in early years establishments
  • Those P1-P3 pupils and pupils in special educational settings where they receive a free meal through universal and not means tested provision.

Applications for Free School Meals and School Clothing Grants are still open for session 2020/21

Other support for families

Any family facing food insecurity can also contact our Support for people team for assistance or sign posting to other support. The team can be contacted on 0808 100 3161.