The table below provides a guide to the eligibility criteria.  This applies to applications for free school meals and the footwear and clothing grant.

Qualifying Criteria
Clothing Grant
Free School Meals

Income Support, Jobseeker's Allowance (Income Based), Employment Support Allowance (Income Related) or Support under part V1 of the Immigrations and Asylum Act 1999

Universal Credit, please provide your most recent printout from your online journal confirming your latest UC payment  breakdown

Only if annual earnings less than £16,105

You may qualify if you have no earnings or monthly earnings are below £625 per month

Child Tax Credit, but not Working Tax Credit and your gross annual income is below £16,105 (as assessed on your Tax Credit award letter from HR Revenues & Customs for 2021/2022)
Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit and your gross annual income is below £16,105 (as assessed on your Tax Credit award letter from HR Revenues & Customs for 2021/2022)

Only if your annual income is below £7,500


For Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit, you will need to provide us with all the pages of your recent Tax Credit Award letter. This should be dated in the last 3 months and show your expected income. For all other allowances, you need to provide your reward letter. These should be supplied at the time of applying and applications cannot be processed until this has been received.

By completing an application you confirm that the information is correct to the best of your knowledge and we ask that you inform the Council of any change in your financial circumstances.  

Please note: This list is not exhaustive and is designed to give an indicator of entitlement rather than an official award. This would only be confirmed once we have all the details and evidence required to process your application.

Primary Aged Children will receive payment of £130 and £150 for Secondary aged child. Pupils who turn 16 on or before 30th September will not be eligible for an award of clothing grant but should apply for Education Maintenance Allowance and Free School Meals.  Please note nursery children are not eligible for a Footwear and Clothing Grant. 

Please note if you are eligible for Footwear and Clothing Grant, Education Maintenance Allowance or Free School Meals we may use the bank details you have provided to make payment throughout the holiday periods. 

If your child is in P1 to P4

Free School Meals are offered to ALL pupils in P1 - P4 without the need for parents/carers to submit an application form. However, an application form must be completed if you also require a school clothing grant for your child in P1-P4.

If your child is P5 or above

You can claim free school meals and a school clothing grant for your child(ren) if you are receiving:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Job Seeker's Allowance
  • Any income related element of Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit, but not Working Tax Credit, with an income of less than £16,105
  • Both Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit with an income of up to £7,500
  • If you are between 16 and 18 years old and receive any of these benefits in your own right, you can claim free school meals for yourself.
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Universal Credit with a monthly earned income of not more than £625

We will notify your headteacher that your child(ren) are eligible for Free School Meals.

We are unable to backdate payment for Free School Meals.

New family payment announced. The Scottish Government has announced extra funding to support eligible families over the October school holiday break. 

Payment amount 

The payment for each eligible child is £160. Stirling Council will make an extra payment of £12, bringing the total to £172.  


The payment will be made to families of children (P1 to S6) who receive free school meals because they are eligible on financial grounds. 

P1 to P4 children who get free school meals through the universal free school meals scheme are not eligible for this payment. Nursery children are not eligible. 

Payment details 

If your child already gets free school meals, you don’t need to do anything. We’ll make a payment into your bank account by 13 October 2021. If your bank details have changed, let us know. 

Are you eligible? 
If you have a child in P1 to P4 and you think they are eligible for free school meals on financial grounds, fill in a free school meals application form and send it to us as soon as you can. 



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Last updated: Monday, October 18, 2021 10:35 PM