Clothing grants and free school meals

Find out if you qualify for a clothing grant or free school meals and apply online.

We're experiencing a high volume of clothing grant and free school meal applications and enquiries at this time. It's taking us longer to process, which means there may be a delay in making payments, although we're working very hard to get through all of the applications as quickly as we can. For free school meals a grace period will be applied to ensure that meals are provided for pupils returning to school.

We kindly ask you, don't send further emails or call about your application. Thank you for your patience. 

Clothing grant payments: If you've made a placing request or your child is entering P1, S5 or S6, payment will only be made once your child's details have been verified by the school when they start in August.

Who can apply?

You can apply if your child attends a school in East Renfrewshire and you receive a qualifying benefit.

Applications for 2021 to 2022

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Apply online for clothing grants and free school meals.

Clothing grant value

The rate for 2021 to 2022 is £120 per primary school child and £150 per secondary school child.

Change of circumstance

If you received a clothing grant last year, it's important you tell us if your bank details or any of your circumstances have changed in the last 12 months. If you qualify for council tax reduction or housing benefit you'll receive a separate letter for each child eligible for a clothing grant.

Qualifying benefits

Will I qualify?Clothing grant

Free school meals

Employment and Support Allowance (Income related)

Yes

Yes

Income Support

Yes

Yes

Job Seekers Allowance (Income based)

Yes

Yes

Child Tax Credit only with a gross annual household income of less than £16,105 for 2020/21

Yes

Yes

Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit with a gross annual household income of up to £7,500 for 2020/21

Yes

Yes

Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit with a gross annual household income of below £16,105 but above £7,500 for 2020/21 

Yes

No

Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

Yes

Yes

Housing benefit

Yes

No

Universal Credit - where your maximum monthly earned income from employment does not exceed £625

YesYes
Council tax reductionYes`No


Supporting evidence

You'll need to send evidence to support your application including a copy of your latest bank statement, all pages of your current benefit award letter and P60 to 5 April 2021. Email all supporting documents to CCSBusSupportCGFSM@eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk. Attachments must be in PDF or Tiff format.

Proof of bank details

A copy of your latest online/paper bank statement.

Proof of qualifying benefits

Income Support

Housing Benefit

Employment and Support Allowance (income related)

Job Seekers Allowance (income based)

If you receive any of the benefits above you'll need to send a copy of your current award letter.

Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit

  • 2021/22 Tax Credit award notice showing annual income for 2020/21
  • Annual review award notice for yourself and your partner (where applicable) showing your total household income. You must also provide your P60

Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act

  • Recent confirmation letter from Home Office. This must be no more than 3 months old

Universal Credit

  • We'll automatically check our benefits system. Please note, if you're not in receipt of council tax reduction from us we'll require you to provide screen shots from your online portal showing your most recent award details and earned income

What happens next?

After you apply:

  • Payment will normally be made to your bank account within 15 working days of receipt of your application. This applies to applications with full and correct information
  • If you're entitled to free school meals we will notify the school. We will not write to you separately to confirm this
  • If you've made a placing request or your child is entering P1, payment will be made once your child's details have been verified by the school when they start in August
  • If your child is entitled to leave school a clothing grant will not be paid until confirmation has been received from school that they have returned after the summer break

Increased early learning and childcare

If you get free school meals or a clothing grant, you may also qualify for increased early learning and childcare.

2 year olds who qualify can get 1140 hours of free early learning and childcare.

Apply for 1140 hours of childcare for 2 year olds.

All 3 and 4 year olds get 1140 hours of free early learning and childcare.

School age payment

If you have a child starting school you may also be eligible for £252.50 School Age Payment to help with the cost of starting school.

For further information and to apply, go to the Scottish Government's School Age Payments pages..

Last modified on 18 August 2021
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