Covid summer hardship payment

Applying for the Scottish Government £100 COVID Summer hardship grant for children.

What is the grant and who is eligible?

Families with children of school age, receiving free school meals on the basis of low income are eligible for a £100 per child COVID Summer hardship grant from the Scottish Government.   Eligible families will receive the Scottish Government grant through Aberdeen City Council – we are administering the grant on behalf of the Scottish Government.

The payment is per child not per household.

P1-3 pupils receiving free school meals due to universal provision, not due to low income, are not eligible.

P1 to P3 pupils where the family meet the benefit criteria for the Free Schools Meals will receive the grant and should apply for Free School Meals if they have not already. We are using the information on who is currently in receipt of free school meals to verify entitlement, so families should apply for Free School Meals where they have not.

What can the grant be used for?

There are no restrictions on how families choose to spend the additional payment and it is anticipated that common uses may include paying for food, fuel, and other essentials.

How to apply?

All families who received the Spring COVID grant will receive the payments automatically with the details we already hold by the 31 May 2021.

Those who have applied for Free School Meals between the 26 March 2021 and 3 May 2021, will be contacted by Aberdeen City Council via GroupCall from Monday 24 May 2021 to provide further details for the grant.  The email or text will provide each family with a unique code which needs to be used to complete the required form on the Council’s website.   

Who is eligible for free school meals due to low income?

Families with children in receipt of free school meals due to reasons of low income are eligible for the £100 per child COVID Spring hardship grants. Eligibility for Free School Meals based on low income, is where the household is in receipt of:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Job Seekers’ 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 £7,330
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Universal Credit with a monthly earned income from your employer of not more than £610
  • Universal Credit, with a single parent/carer working less than 16 hours per week with an annual earned income from employment of less than £16,105
  • Universal Credit, with both parents/carers working less than 24 hours per week with an annual earned income from employment of less than £16,105

Who will not get the payment?

You will not get the payment if your child: 

  • gets universal free school meals in primary 1 to 3 and you do not meet the eligibility criteria 
  • does not go to a council school 
  • is home educated 

When will new free school meals applications be processed?

Any new free school meal applications that are received on or before 25 June 2021 will be sent information on how to apply for the grant once the Free School Meals application has been approved.
Any free school meals application received after the 25 June 2021 will not receive the grant.

When do I get the grant?

Payments for the £100 per child COVID Summer hardship grant will be issued on three dates. 

For those who received the Spring COVID grant.

  •  Payments will be raised on the 25 May 2021 and take between 3 to 5 working days to reach your bank account.  Payments should be received by 31 May 2021. 

For those Free School Meals application which was submitted and approved between the 26 March 2021 to 3 May 2021.

  • Payments will be raised on the 7 June 2021 and take between 3 to 5 working days to reach your bank account.  Payments should be received by 11 June 2021. 

For those who submit their Free School Meals application on or before the 25 June 2021 which is approved.

  • Payments will be raised on the 28 June 2021 and take between 3 to 5 working days to reach your bank account.  Payments should be received by 2 July 2021. 

How do I get the money?

A cash payment by bank transfer is preferable and alternative methods would be used where there is not a bank account or in other circumstances, such as debt, which would mean that a payment into a bank account would not achieve the aims of payment. You can ask for an alternative payment when you apply.

Frequently Asked Questions

We recognise that you may not have digital access at this time. You can ask a friend, family member or support worker to apply on your behalf. All applications need to be completed online. If you require dedicated support from us to apply, you can phone our Aberdeen City Support Line on 0800 0304 713 and we can provide guidance over the phone. We also have guidance on how to log in or register for our online services, including  how to complete our online forms available.

Any bounced payments will be re-issued after we have been refunded the money from you bank and confirmed new bank details confirmed.

It may be that the information in your claim did not match the information held by your child’s school. This could be the address or who the main contact is for the child.  It may also be that an incorrect code to apply was used. In these cases, we will contact you to check your details and eligibility. 

If you have been approved for free school meals and not received your unique code to apply for the code, you should contact your school. They will be able to raise a call for this to investigated and resolved.

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