This funding is to enable payment of £2.50 per day as an alternative to free school meal provision during the school holidays. This provision will cover the summer holidays; the Christmas and Easter holidays during the 2023-24 school year; and also the mid-term holidays in October and February.

This payment will be made to children and young people who are awarded free school meals based on the Scottish Government eligibility criteria. To be eligible for payment, children and young people must have been approved for free school meals prior to the beginning of the relevant holiday period.

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?

Payments for each eligible pupil will be made at the start of the holiday periods in Summer, October, Christmas, February and Easter as follows:

Payment Amount Date payment to be made
Summer 2023
(Monday 03 July to Friday 11 August)
£75 Friday
30 June 2023
October 2023
(Monday 09 October to Friday 20 October)
£25 Friday
06 October 2023
Christmas 2023
(Monday 25 December to Friday 05 January)
£25 Friday
22 December 2023
February 2024
(Friday 09 February to Monday 12 February)
£5 Wednesday
07 February 2024
Easter 2024
(Friday 29 March to Friday 12 April)
£27.50 Wednesday
27 March 2024

While payments should be received on these dates, this may vary slightly depending on your bank and payment method. We will email eligible parents/carers 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.
  • P1-P5 pupils and those pupils in special educational settings where they receive a free meal through universal and not means-tested provision.

For further information please contact us: