Funding available for pre-school age children

Funding available to support families who have pre-school age children on a low income.

The aim of this fund is to assist families with children of pre-school age, either in a funded early learning and childcare placement or not and meet the eligibility of a low income for free school meals.  There are two parts to this funding - £100 COVID Spring hardship grant for children and Food Vouchers.

£100 COVID Spring Hardship Grant

Following the issuing of £100 COVID Winter Hardship Payment, Scottish Ministers announced a further payment on the basis for eligible children around Easter.  This has also been extended to cover children of pre-school age in an Early Learning and Childcare Setting.  The Council has chosen to extend this further and offer this to pre-school age children not in an Early Learning and Childcare Setting also.

This payment is per child not per household.

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.

Food Vouchers

Discretionary funding has been agreed to provide food vouchers similar to the low-income free school meals provision.  Families will receive £12.50 per week per child for period of 12 weeks.

More information on how the food vouchers work can be found on the document below; 

Eligibility Criteria 

Children will be eligible for the £100 Spring COVID payment and food vouchers if they are – 

  • Age 2 up to Primary 1

And would be eligible for Free School Meals based on low income, if 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

How to apply?

Eligible families should complete the form below.  You must provide evidence of being on a qualifying benefit and of your child.

The application will close after the 26 March 2021.

Who will not get the grant/food vouchers?

You will not get the payment/vouchers if your child: 

  • Is aged under 2

When will I get the grant?

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

For those who have submitted their application and it has been approved by the 15 March 2021. 

  • Payments will be raised on the 22 March 2021 and take between 3 to 5 working days to reach your bank account.  Payments should be received by 26 March 2021. 

For those who have submitted their application which has been approved after the 15 March 2021. 

  • Payments will be raised on the 26 April 2021 and take between 3 to 5 working days to reach your bank account.  Payments should be received by 30 April 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.

When will I get the food vouchers?

Food vouchers will be issued every 2 weeks similar to the free school meals provision.  These will begin on the 5 April 2021 after all applications have been approved and will be issued on the following dates.

  • 5 April 2021
  • 19 April 2021
  • 3 May 2021
  • 17 May 2021
  • 31 May 2021
  • 14 June 2021

How do I get the food vouchers?

Families will be issues with a voucher code through email or text to redeem through Edenred website.  This allows families to select their chosen supermarket.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have not received your email/text message on the dates indicated, you can phone our Aberdeen City Support Line on 0800 0304 71 for this to be investigated.
 

If you have problems with your voucher code, then in the first instance you can phone our Aberdeen City Support Line on 0800 0304 71 for this to be investigated.

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 on or register for our online services, including how to complete our online forms available on our website.

 

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

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