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Clothing Grants and Free School Meals

*** Clothing Grant and Free School Meal Update ***

 

Free School Meals

The Scottish Government has announced funding for children currently in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM) to receive an additional one-off payment for the summer break.

£222.50 will be paid for each child P1 to S6 (S5 & S6 will receive the FSM payment however Clothing Grant payments will be made once the schools have returned).

The £222.50 includes the £130 Bridging Payment detailed on the ScotGov website HERE

This will not apply to children transitioning to P1 from August 2022 or Early years establishments.

Payments will be made from Friday 17 June 2022 onwards.  For more information see under free school meals.

Clothing Grant payments will be made automatically for families who are currently in receipt of Council Tax Reduction and their children are detailed on their claim. You do not need to re-apply.

If you have received a letter from us recently advising you to submit an application for a clothing Grant, this is because the process has changed for you and you must apply - you will not receive the grant automatically.

Grants are paid directly to bank accounts.

If your bank account has changed you must let us know to avoid any delays. Please submit an enquiry form to update your bank account details, these details cannot be taken over the telephone.

Payments will be made from Friday 17 June 2022

For S5 or S6 pupils (aged 16+), clothing grants are paid after pupils have returned to school. For more information see under Clothing grants.

 

Who is eligible for a clothing grant?

Families on low incomes may be eligible to receive a School Clothing Grant award of £120 for a Primary aged child or £150 for a Secondary aged child. The award is given annually to assist with the cost of purchasing essential school clothing for families who are on a qualifying benefit. 

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 (UC), and your monthly take home pay is £660 or less.

•  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 £17,005

•  Working Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit with an annual income of less than £17,005

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

Please refer to the  guidance notes [1Mb] for help with documentation requirements. You may also qualify for free school meals - see below for full eligibility criteria.

 

When will the award be paid to me?

Clothing Grant awards for automated payments and where we hold up to date bank details will receive payment directly into their account from 17 June 2022. If we do not have your up to date bank account details, you must complete an online enquiry form as this will delay your payment.

New applicants for a Clothing Grant will be able to apply from 6 June 2022 when the application form is placed on our website.

The processing timescale for new applicants is 3 weeks. It is important all your information is up to date, if not this will delay payments. Payments will start from 17 June 2022

For pupils moving into S5 and S6, we obtain confirmation of pupils returning prior to the grant being released. Due to this, grants are paid after the school has returned in the new term.

Free School Meal/Breakfast Club

Important

If you received the spring payment in April or been eligible for FSM since then, this money will be paid directly into your bank account, you will automatically receive the Summer 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 before 12 August 2022 will be paid the additional summer payment within 3 weeks of submitting their application. Please allow 3 weeks before making contact with us. Payments will start from 17 June 2022.

Please note children going into P1 are not eligible for the summer payment.

Applications received after 12 August 2022, if eligible, will only receive free school meals and not the additional summer payment.

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

Please check the qualifying benefits below before applying.

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 £7920 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 £660- 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 £17,005 - please provide a copy of your 2021/2022 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.

Asylum Seeker, receiving support under part IV of the Immigration Act 1999. Please provide a valid/current  Application Registration Card (ARC), BAIL201 Letter or Mears Tenancy Agreement.

 

ApparelXchange

ApparelXchange are a social enterprise dedicated to reuse, repair & recycling for childrenswear, with a mission to reduce the impact of clothing on the planet. 

They sell high-quality preloved children's clothing, including uniforms, at highly affordable prices. 

They also offer free clothing to families when times get challenging. Find out more and shop for affordable uniform at the AXC website.

FAQ

Will I receive the grant payment automatically?

Clothing Grant payments will be made automatically for families who are currently in receipt of Council Tax Reduction and their children are detailed on their claim. You do not need to re-apply.

If you have received a letter from us recently advising you to submit an application for a clothing Grant, this is because the process has changed for you and you must apply - you will not receive the grant automatically.

If your bank account has changed you must let us know to avoid any delays. Please submit an enquiry form to update your bank account details, these details cannot be taken over the telephone.

When will I get paid?

Clothing Grant awards for automated payments and where we hold up to date bank details will receive payment directly into their account from 17th June 2022. If we do not have your up to date bank account details, you must complete an online enquiry form as this will delay your payment.

New applicants for a Clothing Grant will be able to apply from 6th of June 2022 when the application form is placed on our website.

The processing timescale for new applicants is 3 weeks. It is important all your information is up to date, if not this will delay payments. Payments will start from 17th June 2022.

 

Summer Break Payment when will I receive this?

If you are eligible you will receive payment from 17 June onwards

I have not received my payment?

If you have not received payment and you have allowed the given timescales advised and have supplied updated bank account details please complete an online enquiry form

I have only received payment for one sibling?

Have you ensured all children are listed on your CTR claim, if not you will need to do so and re apply. If all children have been added and you have allowed the given timescales please complete an online enquiry form

Do I qualify for free school meals if I am entitled to a Clothing Grant?

Not necessarily, you would only be entitled if you meet the criteria for both. Please refer to the eligibility criteria for free school meals on the web page.  

I have not received free school meals?

If you have allowed the given timescales and not received confirmation, please complete an online enquiry form

My child is starting Primary 1, do I need to apply?

We have matched data from the P1 enrolment exercise to allow for automated payments however if your child is not included in your CTR claim we will not have captured them, and you may need to apply. If your child is on your claim and you have allowed the given timescales please complete an online enquiry form.

My child is moving to another school, do I need to re-apply?

If your child is moving from one Glasgow school to another Glasgow school this should be automatic and no need to apply. If you live out with Glasgow then you need to apply to the relevant local authority for the school your child is moving to.

When will payments be made for S5 & S6 pupils?

For pupils moving into S5 & S6, we obtain confirmation of pupils returning prior to the grant being released. Due to this monies are paid after the school has returned in the new term. Payments will be released from September 2022.

I have not received my declaration; however, I get one every year?

Communication was issued to all applicant's part of this process to advise that they would no longer be included in the automatic award as we must see evidence of eligibility.

You will now be required to make a new online application for session 2022/2023 if you are in receipt of qualifying benefits noted above.

 

 

My child is starting Primary 1, why do I not qualify for the Summer break payment (Bridging Payment)?

The Scottish Government have advised that only current children attending P1-S6 who are eligible for Free school meals qualify for the summer break grant.

I need to update my bank details/address

Please complete the online enquiry form, and select preferred option from the drop down list.  We are unable to accept changes of bank details over the telephone.

How do I access my Parent Pay?

Any questions relating to Parent pay must be made via the school as this is not managed by ourselves.

 

 

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