Family Pandemic Payment

The Scottish Government announced on 8 March there will be two additional £100 payments made for each school aged child who receives Free School Meals on the basis of low income in 2021.

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The payment can be used by families for any purpose as they see fit. There is no expectation that these payments are to be used for any specific purpose.

This is in addition to support delivered through the continuation of Free School Meals over the school holidays and the £130 Low Income Pandemic Payment.

Who will receive the payment?

  • Children in P4-S6 who receive Free School Meals will be eligible for the payment.
  • Children in P1-P3 who are eligible due to low income or qualifying benefits only.  Children in P1-P3 who  receive universal Free School Meals, and who do not meet the financial qualifying conditions for Free School Meals, are not eligible for these additional payments.
  • Pre-school aged children are not eligible for this additional payment. The Scottish Child Payment is available for children under the age of 6 - to find out more about this and to apply please visit Scottish Child Payment - mygov.scot.

Is the payment per family or per child?

  • A payment of £100 will be made for each eligible child in the household.

How will I receive the payment?

  • Payment will be made automatically for all eligible children who previously received the Winter and/or Spring Hardship Payment and/or those eligible who were in receipt of Direct payment in recompense for missed free meals. There is no need to reapply. We will use the payment details we currently hold for you. 
  • If your payment details have changed since you received your Winter and/or Spring Hardship Payment/payment in recompense of missed free meals, you must tell us as soon as possible using this form:

Free School Meals Application form

When will I receive the payment?

  • All eligible children, who previously received the Winter & Spring Hardship Payment, or who have applied for and have been awarded Free School Meals by 14 June 2021, will receive the Summer Hardship Payment on Friday 18 June 2021.  We will use the payment details we currently hold for you.
  • All eligible children who apply for and are awarded Free School Meals after 14 June 2021 will receive the payment by Friday 3 July 2021
  • Information regarding the 2021 Winter Hardship Payment will follow at a later date

I have not applied for Free School Meals but I think I qualify. Will I get the payment?

  • To qualify for the Summer Hardship Payment your application for Free School Meals must be submitted by the end of school term on Friday 25 June.
  • New applications can be made online using our existing Clothing Grant and Free School Meals application form.
     

Free School Meals Application form

The application is quick and easy to complete.  You will need your National Insurance Number and bank account details.

You may be asked to provide proof of your eligibility. For example, if you are in receipt of Universal Credit you will need to provide a screenshot of your most recent assessment period showing your full award. If you receive Child Tax Credit, you will need to provide a copy of your Tax Credit Letter of Award when you apply.

  • If you apply before 25 June 2021 and qualify, you will be awarded Free School Meals and will receive £100 payment as soon as possible after application.
  • If you apply after 25 June 2021 and qualify, you will be awarded Free School Meals but will not be eligible for the £100 payment.

What is the deadline for applications?

  • To qualify for the £100 payment all applications must be submitted by the end of school term on Friday 25 June 2021.

Effect on other benefits

  •  If you receive Universal Credit, then this payment will be counted as capital. This will not normally affect the amount you receive unless you have savings or other capital totalling over £6,000. If you are concerned that this payment could impact your Universal Credit award, you should report the payment in your journal by signing into your Universal Credit account or by calling the Universal Credit helpline on 0800 328 5644.
  •   This payment will be disregarded in full for other benefits and for income tax purposes.

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