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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 additional funding for children currently in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM) P1 to S6 (S5 & S6 will receive the FSM payment however Clothing Grant payments will be made once the schools have returned), to receive an additional one-off payment of £100 per child for the summer break. This will not apply to Early years establishments or children transitioning to P1 from August this year. 

Payment will be made by 30th of June.  For more information see under free school meals.

Clothing Grants

You will receive your Clothing Grant payment automatically if:

  • Your child/children attend a Glasgow City Council school
  • You receive Housing benefit/Council Tax reduction, and your child/children are listed on your claim

OR

  • You have received a Declaration letter from us, advising that your payment will be issued automatically

You will receive your payment by 30th June 2021. You must however let us know now if your bank details have changed as this will delay your payment. Please submit an enquiry form to update these details, these details cannot be taken over the telephone. Please note cheque payments will no longer be a payment option.

If you did not receive a Declaration letter or if your circumstances have changed you must complete a new application form, which will be available on 1st of July.

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

School Clothing Grants

If you are a new applicant, forms will be available on our website on 1st of July, once the automatic payments have been made.

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 (UC), and your monthly take home pay is £625 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 £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
 

Please refer to the pdf icon guidance notes [1Mb] for help with documentation requirements. 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 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 2020/2021, as you were in receipt of Universal Credits, Child Tax Credits, Working Tax Credits or Asylum Seeker and your circumstances have not changed you will receive an automatic award. If your circumstances have changed you must contact us. Please refer to the letter that was issued which will advise in more detail.

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?

Payments will be made by bank transfer.

If you have changed your bank details since your last payment you need to inform us immediately by completing the online enquiry form.

When will the award be paid to me?

Clothing Grant awards for automated payments  and were we hold up to date bank details will receive payment directly into their account by 30th of June. If we do not have your 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 when the 2021/2022 form is made available on our website on 01st of July.

The processing timescale for new applicants is 2 weeks. It is important all your information is up to date, if not this will delay payments.

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 have received previous holiday payments in the last year 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 13th of August will be paid the additional summer payment within 2 weeks of submitting their application. Please allow 2 weeks before making contact with us.

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

Applications received after this date, 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 £7500 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 £625- 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.

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

Please refer to the pdf icon guidance notes [1Mb] for help with documentation requirements.

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

 

If you have an enquiry/ updated information regarding your Clothing Grant/Free school meal application, please contact us using the online enquiry form

Frequently Asked Questions

 

1. Do I need to re apply this year if I applied last year?

You will receive your Clothing Grant payment automatically if:

  Your child/children attend a Glasgow City Council school

  You receive Housing benefit/Council Tax reduction, and your child/children are listed on your claim

  OR

  You have received a Declaration letter from us, advising that your payment will be issued automatically

However, please ensure you have updated any changes i.e. bank details, address etc. If circumstances HAVE changed you will need to apply again.

2. When will I get paid?

If your part of the automated payments, payments will be paid by 30th of   June. For   new applications please allow 2 weeks from date of submission.

3. 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

4. I have only received payment for one sibling?

Have you ensured all children are listed on all benefit claims, 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.

5. 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.  

6. I have not received free school meals?

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

7. 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 benefit claim we will not have captured them and you may need to apply. If your child is on your benefit claim and you have allowed the given timescales please complete an online enquiry form.

8. 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.

9. 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 2021.

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

Letters will be issued to parent/carers from May 2021. Please be aware if any of your details have changed from when the last payment was made i.e. Bank account, address etc. you will need to inform us immediately, the quickest and most convenient way to do this is completing the online enquiry form. If you do not update us straight away this could delay payments.

11. My child is starting Primary 1, why do I not qualify for the Summer grant payment?

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

12. 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.

Live Chat

Clothing Grants and Free Schools Meals will be available from 1st July. 

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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