EMA, Bursaries and Financial Support

Free School Meal Holiday Support & Family Pandemic Payments

***Easter Holiday Meal Payment & Easter Scottish Child Bridging Payment***

The Easter Holiday Meal Payment will be £27.20 per eligible child.   The Easter Bridging Payment will be £130.00 per eligible child.  These payments will be made from Friday 1st April 2022.

Free School Meal Holiday Payments

The Scottish Government have agreed funding to allow local authorities to provide Free School Meal provision during all school holidays in 2021/22.  This provision will commence in Summer 2021 with Free School Payments of £2.50 per day, to all children and young people who are eligible for free school meals on the basis of low income, in primary and secondary.  Children attending Early Learning and Childcare will not be eligible for these payments.  The Scottish Child Payment is available for children under the age of 6 - to find out more about this and to apply, please visit:  Scottish Children Payment - mygov.scot.  

Free School Meal Holiday Payments will be payable during the Summer, October, Christmas and Easter Holidays.  You will automatically receive these payments directly into your bank account if you have a current Free School Meal award for the 2021/22.  You do not need to contact us or make a new application.

Bridging Payments

The Scottish Government have introduced funding for new Scottish Child Payment 'Bridging Payments' for all school age children who receive Free School Meals.  The Social Security Scotland:  Scottish Child Payment is now being delivered for children under the age of 6, the current delivery timescale for older chlidren and young people is scheduled for the end of 2022.  Given the acute need among families, immediate support has been agreed through these new Bridging Payments, which build upon the approach taken to deliver payments during the pandemic.

You will automatically receive payment directly into your bank account if you have a current approved Free School Meal award.  You do not need to apply for this payment if you are already registered for Free School Meals.

Period Amoount Payment Date
Summer 2021 £100.00 Friday 25th June 2021
Autumn 2021 £160.00 Friday 8th October 2021
Winter 2021 £160.00 Friday 17th December 2021 
Spring 2022 £130.00 Friday 1st April 2022 
Summer 2022 £130.00 Friday 1st July 2022 
Autumn 2022 £130.00 Friday 7th October 2022 
Winter 2022 £130.00 Friday 23rd December 2022 - TBC

If you think you might be eligible for this payment but have not applied for Free School Meals, please check the eligibility criteria or contact us on 01595 743844.

Children attending Early Learning and Childcare will not be eligible for these payments.  The Scottish Child Payment is available for children under the age of 6 - to find out more about this and to apply, please visit:  Scottish Children Payment - mygov.scot.

Children receiving universal free school meals (pupils in P1-4 not who do not meet the eligibility criteria for free school meals) are not eligible for these payments. 

 

Scottish Child Bridging Payments and Benefits

If you receive Universal Credit, this payment will be counted as capital.  This will not normally affect the amount you receive unless you have savings or other capital totalling over £6,000.  If you are concerned that this payment could impact your Universal Credit award, you should report the payment in your journal by signing in to your Universal Credit account or by calling the Universal Credit helpline on 0800 328 5644.

This payment will be disregarded in full for other benefits and for income tax purposes.