COVID Support Fund for Children and Families
Last updated: 28/07/2021
The Scottish Government has provided Local Authorities additional funding for children who get Free School Meals (FSM). Families will receive a payment of £100 per child to help over the Christmas 2020 school holiday. A further additional payment will be made to cover the Spring break.
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.
When you’ll get the payment
You should get the payment by 7 April 2021 if your child is of school age and was getting Free School Meals on 16 February 2021.
You should get the payment by the end of April 2021 if your child is newly registered or of pre-school age.
Payments for eligible children who are already known to us will be made automatically by bank transfer.
The qualifying benefits are:
- universal credit.
- child tax credit.
- working tax credit.
- income support.
- pension credit.
- income-based jobseeker’s allowance.
- income-related employment and support allowance.
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 contact your local authority with your bank details.
If your child does not currently receive a FSM and you think you may be entitled, please contact your local council to apply.
New Pandemic Support Payment
The Scottish Government has confirmed its commitment to fund a new Pandemic Support Payment for households receiving council tax reduction, meaning more families will be entitled to this help.
- Pandemic Support Payments of £130 to households receiving Council Tax Reduction and two payments of £100 to families of children qualifying for free school meals
- the phased introduction of free school meals to all primary school children by August 2022
Families who are in receipt of both Council Tax Reduction and Free School Meals will be eligible to receive both payments, worth a total of £330.