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Clothing Grants and Free School Meals

**FREE SCHOOL MEAL UPDATE **

IF YOU'VE RECEIVED THE FORTNIGHTLY PAYMENTS THE ADDITIONAL £125 SPRING PAYMENT WILL BE SENT AUTOMATICALLY TO YOU 

From 22 February 2021, P1 to P3 pupils (this includes P3 children in a composite class) will return to school therefore the meal payment will cease for these eligible pupils. The last payment being Friday 19 February 2021

P4 to S6 pupils will receive their final payment of £12.50 per child on Friday 5 March 2021.  

The Scottish Government has recently announced additional funding for children currently in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM) P1 to S6, to receive a payment of £100 plus £25 for the spring break.

This payment is per child and will be made between Friday 19 March and Monday 22 March 2021

Important

If you recently received the fortnightly payments direct into your bank account, you will automatically receive this new payment and you do not need to contact us or make a new application.

If you are currently not in receipt of free school meals and think you are entitled, please access the application by clicking the link Application Form Link

New applicants who meet the criteria and apply by 12 March 2021 will be paid the additional Spring payment within 4 weeks of submitting their application. Please allow 4 weeks before making contact with us.

Applications received after 12 March 2021, if eligible, will only receive free school meals and not the additional £125 Spring payment.

Please check you meet the criteria in the Free School Meal/Breakfast Club section before you apply.

Changes to bank account details can be made by completing our online enquiry form, clicking here Enquiry Form 

 

 

*** Clothing Grant Update ***

Most customers now have their grants paid directly into their bank account via BACS, offering quick and easy access.  Any future grant payments must now be via BACS, therefore please complete our online enquiry form to provide your bank details.

School Clothing Grants

If you received a payment last term for a School clothing grant and have since changed any of the following details please use the online enquiry form to update your details.

(*Bank account *Address *Name)

If you do not update relevant changes this will delay your payment for the new term.

Who is eligible for a clothing grant?

Families on low incomes may be eligible to receive a School Clothing Grant award of £110 for each qualifying child. The award is given annually to assist with the cost of purchasing essential school clothing for families who are on a qualifying benefits.

You may be eligible for a school clothing grant if you have a child that attends a Glasgow school and you receive any of the following benefits:

  • Housing Benefit/ Council Tax Reduction (this is not Council Tax single person's discount or student discount) 

  • Universal Credit with a monthly earned income of not more than £610- please supply a copy of your most recent statement or screen print showing your 'pay for the period'.

  • Income Support/Income based Job Seeker's Allowance (JSA) or any income related element of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) 

  • Child Tax Credits only (CTC) with an annual income of less than £16,105

  • Working Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit with an annual income of less than £15,050 

  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

You may also qualify for free school meals - see below for full eligibility criteria.

Applicants

New Applicants - If you have never applied for a school clothing grant before, and are not in receipt of Housing Benefit or Council Tax Reduction (from Glasgow City Council), please complete the online application form (available early July) and attach evidence of your benefits to support your application.

Automatic Renewals - You will receive an automatic award if you meet either of these conditions:

  • You receive Housing Benefit (all children's details must be listed on the claim)

  • You receive Council Tax Reduction (note, this is not Council Tax single person's discount or Student discount)

Declaration - If you were awarded a Clothing Grant and/ or Free school meals for your children during 2019/2020, as you were in receipt of Universal Credits, Child Tax Credits or Working Tax Credits, and your circumstances have not changed you will be required to return a Declaration before payment will be made for session 2020/2021. If your bank details have changed since the last payment please send updated details by completing the online enquiry form
 

How is the award paid to me?

If you have supplied your bank account details, payments will be made by bank transfer.

If you have changed your bank details since your last payment you need to inform us immediately. The quickest and most convenient way to do this is by completing the online enquiry form, click here online enquiry form.

When will the award be paid to me?

The processing timescale for new applicants is two weeks. It is important all your information is up to date, if not this will delay payments.

Free School Meal/Breakfast Club

From 22 February 2021, P1 TO P3 pupils (this includes P3 children in a composite class) will return to school therefore the meal payment will cease for these pupils who were eligible. The last payment will be made on Friday 19 February 2021

 

P4 to S6 pupils will receive their final payment of £12.50 per child on Friday 5 March 2021.

New applications click here Application Form Link

Changes to bank account details can be made by completing our online enquiry form, clicking here online enquiry form 

If your child does not currently receive a FSM and you think you may be entitled, please check the qualifying benefits below and apply via our online application form, clicking here Application Form Link

Please only apply if you are in receipt of a qualifying benefit (see below).

 

Free School Meal


Eligible Benefits

·       Income Support or Jobseekers Allowance - please enclose a copy of your award letter dated within the past 3 months.

·       Both Working Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit with a household income of £7330 or less - please enclose a copy of your recent award letter showing your household income and detailing your children's names.

·       Universal Credit with a monthly earned income of not more than £610- please supply a copy of your most recent statement or screen print showing your 'pay for the period'.

·       Child Tax Credit only with an annual income of less than £16,105 - please provide a copy of your 2020/2021 child tax credit award letter detailing your child(ren)'s names and your annual income.

·       Income related Employment and Support Allowance - please provide a copy of your award letter dated within the past 3 months.

 

I have an enquiry about my school clothing grant and/or free school meals

 

IF YOU HAVE AN ENQUIRY YOU MAY FIND THE ANSWER IN OUR LIST OF FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ) BELOW. PLEASE CHECK BEFORE YOU MAKE CONTACT WITH US.

IF THE ANSWER TO YOUR QUESTION IS NOT IN OUR FAQ OR YOU HAVE UPDATED INFORMATION TO SUPPORT YOUR APPLICATION, PLEASE CONTACT US USING THE ONLINE ENQUIRY FORM online enquiry form

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Frequently Asked Questions

 

1.     I have not received payment?

Does your child get a free meal when at school? If no then you need to check the criteria to see if you are eligible and apply via our online application form.

If yes and you have not received your payment, do we have your up to date bank account details?

Contact us via the online enquiry form at the top of the page

 

2.     My child is in P1-P4 and receives a Free School Meal why do I not qualify for this payment?

Scottish government have provided money to help support low income families who are in receipt of the qualifying benefits only. If your child receives a meal under the Universal free school meal program and you do not meet the criteria, then you are not entitled to this payment.

 

3.     I am entitled but would prefer the money does not go into my bank account

We are no longer able to make payments by cheque. If you have a bank account that your salary or benefit is paid into, this is the account you must tell us about to receive your grant

 

4.     I am an Asylum seeker and do not have access to a bank account?

For asylum families we will ensure payments are made by another method if a bank account is unavailable. Please ensure you provide an up to date mobile number on your application.

 

5.     I only have a Post Office Account

Please make contact with the team via the online enquiry form where we will support you with an alternative method of payment. Please ensure you provide an up to date mobile number

 

6.     Why is this payment not including Clothing Grant families or families who received the Farm Food Vouchers?

Scottish Government have provided money to help support children in receipt of Free School Meals only.

 

7.     How do I apply for Free School Meals?

Please complete an online application form Application Form Link

 

8.     How do I know if I am eligible for Free School Meals?

Please refer to the eligibility criteria on the web page under Free School Meals/Breakfast club.

 

9.     How long are these payments being made for?

From 22 February 2021, P1 TO P3 pupils (this includes P3 children in a composite class)will return to school therefore the meal payment will cease for these pupils who were eligible. The last payment will be made on Friday 19 February 2021

P4 to S6 pupils will receive their final payment of £12.50 per child on Friday 5 March 2021. 

 

10.    I do not intend for my child to return to school, will I still receive a payment?

Payments will stop as advised above, if you are not sending your child back to school payments will not be issued.

 

11.   Spring Payment

The Scottish Government has announced additional funding for children currently in receipt of Free School Meals to receive a payment of £100 and a further £25 to support during the spring break. If you recently received the fortnightly payments direct into your bank account, you will automatically receive this new payment and you do not need to contact us or make a new application.

For the children we know about and who have been in receipt of the fortnightly payments, you will receive the spring payment of £125 between Friday 19 March and Monday 22 March 2021.

Live Chat

Glasgow City Council's Live chat is available during office hours for you to direct Free School meals additional payment enquiries to live chat agents. Live Chat has been designed to help you navigate our website and to answer general queries. If your enquiry is more complex, you may be asked to contact us via our digital services or by telephone or email. When you access or use our live chat software, we will only ask you to provide the minimum amount of personal information necessary to assist you. At the end of your chat, you will be asked to complete a short survey about your experience. We will use this feedback to help improve and develop our live chat service. You can find out more about how we use the data you provide during live chat in our privacy statement.

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