Applications for free school meals and clothing grants open in mid July

Families on low incomes in Midlothian are being reminded they can apply for free school meals and clothing grants for the next school year 2024/25, from mid-July onwards. 

Pre-school up to P5 pupils already eligible

All children in primary 1 to 5 are eligible for free school meals, however their families must apply for clothing grants. All children in early learning and childcare can also get a free meal (either breakfast, lunch or dinner) on the days they attend.  

P6 and P7 children

However, children in primary 6 or 7 can also get free lunches in school if their family gets certain benefits. 

On certain benefits

Families may qualify if they get Child Tax Credit (not Working Tax Credit) and their income is less than £19,995; or both Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit and have an income of up to £ £9,552; or Universal Credit with a take home pay of no more than £796 per month.

£120 or £150 school clothing grants

They may also be able to get money to help with their child's school clothing and shoes. School clothing grants are £120 for primary pupils and £150 for secondary pupils. 

Watch out for an award letter

If families received an award for the previous school year, and they are on certain benefits, they should receive an automatic award letter by mid-July confirming that they will receive their free school meal or clothing grant automatically.  

If you are not automatically entitled

However, families who did not automatically receive an award can apply for one. Each of these awards is valid for one year only and an application needs to be completed every year.  

Helping with the cost of living

Fiona Robertson, Executive Director Children, Young People and Partnerships, said: “As part of our cost of living support initiatives, we’re reminding families as early as possible about free school meals and clothing grant awards for the next school year. 

Early reminder

“It’s important that families are aware applications for these supports will open from mid-July onwards. 

Help over the holidays

“As the summer holidays approach, I would also like to make families aware that pupils who are eligible for free school meals, may also get extra help with school meals over the holiday period too. To find out more and apply visit Midlothian Council’s website.” 

17 Jun 2024