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

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Scottish Child Payment Bridging Payments

The Scottish Child Payment Bridging Payments bring together the Covid hardship payments and the Family Pandemic Payment into one payment, made 4 times a year.

These payments are available for each school aged child who gets free school meals because of low income.

The payment can be used by families for any purpose as they see fit.

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

When will I be paid?

In 2022, 4 equal payments of £130 will be made at Easter, Summer, October and Christmas. The payments will be made in line with the start of the school holidays.

Payment dates for each eligible pupil are as follows:

Payment Amount Date payment to be made
Spring 2022 £130 01 April 2022 (paid)
Summer 2022 £130 24 June 2022
Autumn 2022 £130 07 October 2022
Winter 2022 £130 21 December 2022

These payment dates may vary slightly depending on your bank and payment method.

Note:

If you receive Universal Credit, then this payment will be counted as capital. This will not normally affect the amount you receive unless you have savings or other capital totalling over £6,000. If you are concerned that this payment could impact your Universal Credit award, you should report the payment in your journal by signing in to your Universal Credit account or by calling the Universal Credit helpline on 0800 328 5644.

This payment will be disregarded in full for other benefits and for income tax purposes.

Who is not eligible for this payment?

Pupils not eligible for this are:

  • Pre-school aged children are not eligible for this additional payment. The Scottish Child Payment is available for children under the age of 6.
  • P1-P5 pupils and those pupils in special educational settings where they receive a free meal through universal and not means tested provision.

Free School Meal Holiday Support Payments

This funding is to enable alternative free school meal provision to all children and young people, eligible for free school meals based on low income, in primary and secondary during the school holidays.

This provision will cover the summer holidays; the Christmas and Easter holidays during the 2022-23 school year; and also the mid-term holidays in October and February. It will be paid in line with the start of each holiday period.

Further information about eligibility, the amount to be paid and payment dates will be made available before the Summer.

Who is not eligible for this additional support?

Pupils not eligible for this are:

  • Pre-school pupils in early years establishments
  • P1-P5 pupils and those pupils in special educational settings where they receive a free meal through universal and not means tested provision.

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.

If you have not registered for Free School Meals and believe you would be eligible you can find out more and apply at Free School Meals and School Clothing Grants.