Family Pandemic Payments (Hardship Payments) and Free School Meal Holiday Payments

Family Pandemic Payments

Primary and Secondary pupils only

Family Pandemic Payments will be made for pupils in P1 – S6 who are registered for free school meals.

You do not need to re-apply if you are already registered for free school meals.  Payments will be made automatically.

New applications for free school meals are invited if you have not applied previously: find out whether you are eligible online or email freeschoolmeals@eastlothian.gov.uk.  

The table below outlines the schedule of payments

Payment

Amount

Date payment to be made

Autumn 2021

£160

11/10/2021 for those currently registered for Free School Meals before 23/09/2021.

 

New applications received between 23/09/2021 and 15/10/2021 payment will be made by the end of October 2021.

 

Any new applications for Free School Meals received after 15/10/2021 will not be eligible to receive the Autumn Family Pandemic Payment.

Winter 2021

£160

13/12/2021 for those currently registered for Free School Meals before 30/11/2021.

 

New applications received between 30/11/2021 and 17/12/2021 payment will be made by 14/01/2022

 

Any new applications for Free School Meals received after 17/12/2021 will not be eligible to receive the Winter Family Pandemic Payment

Spring 2022

£130

04/04/2022 for those currently registered for Free School Meals before 25/03/2022.

 

New applications received between 25/03/2022 and 08/04/2022 payment will be made by the end of April 2022

 

Any new applications received after 08/04/2022 will not be eligible to receive the Spring Family Pandemic Payment

Children receiving universal free school meals (those in P1-P4 not qualifying for free school meals) are not eligible for the Summer Hardship Payment.

If your child is currently in Early Learning and Childcare you will not be eligible for the £100 additional payment. 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 Child Payment - mygov.scot

Free School Meal Payments 

Primary and Secondary pupils only

Primary and Secondary pupils only

Free School Meal payments will be made to cover school holidays for pupils in P1 – S6 who are registered for Free School Meals.

The table below outlines the schedule of payments

Free School Meal Payment

Amount

Date payment to be made

October 2021 Holiday Payment

 

 

£13.80

18/10/2021

 

Any new application received after 15 October will not be eligible to receive the October Holiday Free School Meal Payment.

Christmas 2021 Holiday Payment

£27.60

20/12/201

 

Any new applications received after 17 December will not be eligible to receive the Christmas Holiday Free School Meal Payment

February 2022 Holiday Payment

£13.80

14/02/2022

 

Any new applications received after 11 February will not be eligible to receive the February Holiday Free School Meal Payment

 

Easter 2022 Holiday Payment

£25.30

11/04/2021

 

Any new applications received after 8 April will not be eligible to receive the Easter Holiday Free School Meal Payment

 

Children receiving universal free school meals (those in P1-P3 not qualifying for free school meals) are not eligible to receive Free School Meal Payments.