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School meals, trips and clothing

Free school meals and clothing grants

Who qualifies for free school meals and clothing grants and how to apply.

St Mark's pupils

Who can apply

You can apply if your child attends an East Renfrewshire primary or secondary school and you receive a qualifying benefit.

Apply for free school meals and clothing grants

Qualifying benefits

Qualifying criteria for free school meals and/or clothing grant
Will I qualify?Clothing grant

Free school meals

Employment and Support Allowance (Income related)

Yes

Yes

Income Support

Yes

Yes

Job Seekers Allowance (Income based)

Yes

Yes

Child Tax Credit but not Working Tax Credit with a gross or projected annual household income of less than £16,105 for 2015/16 as assessed on your 2016/17 HM Revenue & Customs tax credits award letter ( TC602)

Yes

Yes

Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit with a gross annual household income of less than £6,420 for 2015/16 as assessed on your 2016/17 HM Revenue & Customs tax credit award letter ( TC602)

Yes

Yes

Child Tax Credit and/or Working Tax Credit with a gross annual income of below £16,105 but above £6,420 for year 2015/16 as assessed on your 2016/17 tax credit award letter from HM Revenues and Customs (TC602)

Yes

No

Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

Yes

Yes

Housing benefit

Yes

No

Universal Credit

YesYes

Deadlines and grant value

To apply for a clothing grant and/or free school meals please complete the online form.

Applications for the new school year starting in August 2016 can be submitted from now until 31 May 2017.

The new rate for 2016/2017 is £75 per child

Scottish Government has not changed the income threshold so it remains the same for 2016/2017.

(The closing date for 2015/16 applications was 29 May 2016. The clothing grant for that year was £50.)

What happens next?

After you apply:

  • Payment of £75.00 per child will normally be made to your bank account within 15 working days of receipt of your application.
  • If you are entitled to free school meals we will notify the school. We will not write to you separately to confirm this.
  • If you have made a placing request or your child is entering P1 or S1 payment can not be made until after the 1 August.
  • If your child is entitled to leave school a clothing grant will not be paid until confirmation has been received from school that they have returned after the summer break.

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