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Guidance notes for free school meal and school clothing grant applicants:

Free School Meals and School Clothing Grants will be granted only to pupils attending schools under East Lothian Council’s management, whose parents are in receipt of:

  • Income Support
  • Income Based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Employment Support Allowance (income related)
  • Child Tax Credit but NOT Working Tax Credit with an annual income less than £17,005
  • Child Tax Credit AND Working Tax Credit with an annual income less than £7,920
  • Universal Credit where your monthly take home pay does not exceed £660. (please note that a copy of your Online Journal Statement must be provided with this application)

Please note that you MUST upload your FULL Child Tax Credit Award Notice if you are applying under the Child Tax Credit criteria.

Please note that you MUST upload your FULL Universal Credit Online Journal Payment Statement if you are applying under the Universal Credit criteria.

If you do not receive any of these benefits, you may still qualify due to exceptional circumstances. This could be because your immigration status means you cannot get help from the government or you’re still waiting on your first Universal Credit Payment. In such a case, you should give a reason for your application in section 3 of this form.  An Officer from the Education Department will then assess your claim.

If you are between 16 and 18 years old and receive any of these benefits in your own right, you can claim a Free School Meal and School Clothing Grant for yourself. 

You may also be eligible if you are an asylum seeker receiving support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999. 

Record children with Additional Support Needs, resident in East Lothian and attending a school outwith the Authority, are eligible if the parent/guardian meets the qualifying criteria.

Supporting documentation can be uploaded, please note your Award letter must be dated within 6 months of this application.  You can do this by either taking a photograph of all the pages of your benefit award letter and uploading it or taking a screen shot of all the pages of your Universal Credit Online Payment Statement and uploading it. 

A large number of applications are received each year and are processed as quickly as possible in order of receipt.  It takes approximately 28 days from receipt of application to the arrival of the award letter.  Between June and September (our peak period) it may take a little longer, please allow this time. If you have not received your award letter after 28 days, please contact the telephone number shown on the front page.

If you receive housing and council tax benefits we can use information from our benefits records to confirm your eligibility.  This means that if you cannot provide sufficient benefit evidence we can check against records already held by East Lothian Council.  By signing the declaration on page 4, you are giving your consent to information being shared.