Family Pandemic Payments (Bridging 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 2022

£130

10 October 2022 for those currently registered for Free School Meals before 23 September 2022

 

New applications processed and approved between 24 September 2022 and 14 October 2022 payment will be made by 11 November 2022

 

Any new applications for Free School Meals received after 14 October 2022 will not be eligible to receive the Autum Family Pandemic Payment

Winter 2022

£130

12 December 2022 for those currently registered for Free School Meals before 30 November 2022

 

New applications processed and approved between 1 December 2022 and 21 December 2022 payment will be made by 13 January 2023

 

Any new applications received after 21 December 2022 will not be eligible to receive the Winter Family Pandemic Payment

Children receiving universal free school meals (those in P1-P5 not qualifying for free school meals) are not eligible for Pandemic Payments

If your child is currently in Early Learning and Childcare you will not be eligible. 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 Holiday Free School Meal Payment

 

 

£16.10

17 October 2022  for those registered before 12 October 2022

New applications processed and approved between 12 October 2022  and 14 October 2022 payment will be made by 21 October 2022

Any new application received after 14 October 2022 will not be eligible to receive the October Holiday Free School Meal Payment.

 

Children receiving universal free school meals (those in P1-P5 not qualifying for free school meals) are not eligible to receive Free School Meal Payments.