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Clothing Grants and Free School Meals

**FREE SCHOOL MEAL UPDATE **

The Scottish Government has provided Local Authorities additional funding for children currently in receipt of Free School Meals (FSM) to receive a food payment over the following school holidays:

· Christmas 2020

· February 2021 Mid Term Break

· Easter 2021

Please note that this payment does not relate to the FarmFoods voucher scheme or the additional food payment made during the summer 2020 holiday period.

For further information please refer to Free school meals/breakfast club section below.

 

*** 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

For parents unable to complete an online application form, paper applications are available from your establishment.

How is the award paid to me?

If you have supplied your bank account details, payments will be made by bank transfer. We would encourage parents/carers to supply bank account details where possible as this will make the payment process quicker and more efficient.

If you have not supplied your bank account details, a cheque will be issued.

Please note that due to current Covid-19 restrictions, the Royal Bank of Scotland and Clydesdale Banks are operating reduced opening hours for essential transactions for their customers. If you receive a cheque, and are not a customer of the Royal Bank of Scotland or Clydesdale, you should deposit your cheque at your own Bank.

Please Note - If you have previously been paid via cheque and now wish to be paid via Bank transfer, or 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.

When will the award be paid to me?

If you received a grant last year and your circumstances have not changed you do not need to reapply this year.

Customers who have provided their bank details will receive payment directly into their account by 8 July.

If we do not have your bank account details you will receive a cheque payment by post on or before 17 July.

S5 and S6 payments will also be made in July.

If you are a new applicant forms will be available on our website from 6 July.

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

***Additional holiday payment for families entitled to Free School Meals***

Only children eligible for Free school Meals (FSM) will be entitled to this payment.

All P1 to P4 pupils automatically receive a FSM whilst at school, however this payment will only be made if you are in receipt of a qualifying benefit and are therefore eligible for a FSM.

Payments for eligible children who are already known to us will be made automatically by bank transfer.

Check the qualifying criteria below to establish if you are eligible.

P5 to S6 pupils who are currently in receipt of a qualifying benefit and receive a FSM will be entitled to this payment which will automatically be made by bank transfer. If you have received previous grants by cheque you must now supply us with your bank details as cheques are no longer available.

TO ENSURE PAYMENT OF THIS GRANT, BANK DETAILS MUST BE WITH US BY 14 DECEMBER 2020

Please complete the online enquiry form and provide your details as a matter of urgency 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.

Please note new applications must be submitted no later than 7th of December 2020. Applications received after this date will not be accepted for payment - application form online 

Please only apply if you are in receipt of a qualifying benefit.

 

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.

  • Asylum Seekers - please close a copy of your ARC Card or BAIL201 Letter or Serco Occupancy Agreement

 

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? If you have completed and returned your declaration and there has been no change in circumstances then there is no need to apply again, payments will be made 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 begin to be paid from July 2020. 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. I have not received my declaration, however, I get one every year? Letters will be issued to parent/carers from May 2020. 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. 

  10. I need to update my bank details/address Please complete the online enquiry form, and select preferred option from the drop down list.

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