This funding is to enable payment of £2.50 per day as an alternative to free school meal provision during the school holidays.

This payment will be made to all children and young people (eligible for free school meals based on the Scottish Government eligibility criteria), in primary and secondary school 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.

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 2023, payments for each eligible pupil will be made at the start of the holiday periods in February and Easter as follows:

Payment Amount Date payment to be made
February 2023
(Friday 10 February to Monday 13 February)
£5 10 February 2023
Easter 2023
(Monday 03 April to Friday 14 April)
£25 31 March 2023

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.
  • Pupils only in receipt of concessionary free school meals or clothing grant.