EMA, Bursaries and Financial Support

Free School Meal Holiday Support & 'Bridging Payments'

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

The Summer Holiday Meal Payment will be £80.00 per eligible child.   The Summer 'Bridging Payment' will be £130.00 per eligible child.  These payments will be made from Friday 1st July 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 2022/23.  Free School Meal Payments of £2.50 per day, will be paid for all children and young people who are eligible for free school meals on the basis of low income, in primary and secondary.  The Summer holiday payments will be spread over 3 fortnighly payments during the holidays.  Please see below payment schedule.

Shetland Islands Council have secured funding to extend these payments to families with child in primary and secondary who are in receipt of a Clothing Grant and also to all early years children who are in receipt of Free School Meals or a Clothing Grant.

Free School Meal Holiday Payments will be payable during the Easter, Summer, October and Christmas 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.

Payment Period Payment Date Amount
Monday 4th July - Friday 15th July 2022 Friday 1st July 2022 £25.00
Monday 18th July - Friday 29th July 2022 Friday 15th July 2022 £25.00
Monday 1st August - Tuesday 16th August 2022 Friday 29th July 2022 £30.00

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.

Shetland Islands Council have secured funding to extend these payments to families with chilren in primary or secondary who are in receipt of a Clothing Grant.

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
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 16th December 2022 

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 P1-5 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.