Pupils are eligible for free school meals if their parents or carers receive one of the following benefits:
- 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
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Universal Credit with a monthly earned income of not more than £625
- 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
Pupils are eligible for free school meals in their own right if they are between 16-18 and fall into any of these categories.
All pupils in P1 to P4 receive free school meals when in school. Pupils in P5 will receive free school meals from January 2022.
Where a child is in P1 to P4 and parents meet the eligibility criteria above, the parent should apply for Free School Meals in order to receive vouchers during holiday periods or periods of home learning and access to the Scottish Government COVID-19 Hardship Grant (payable in December 2021).
Parents of preschool children, in funded places where lunch is provided, can also apply to receive vouchers during holiday periods, where they meet the criteria above.
Apply for free school meals
You can apply for free school meals online. You will need to provide evidence of the benefit/s that you receive.
You must provide evidence of the qualifying benefit each year in September. If you stop claiming the benefits you must notify the school. If you receive a free school meal to which you are not entitled, you may be asked to pay the money back.