Free School Meal Holiday Payments

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


Date payment to be made

October Holiday Payment




16 October 2023 for those currently registered and eligible before 5 October 2023

Applications received between 6 and 13 October will receive payment by 20 October 2023

Any new applications received after 13 October 2023 will not be eligible to receive the 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.

New applications for free school meals are invited if you have not applied previously: find out whether you are eligible online or email  

Move to Scottish Child Payment

The Scottish Child Payment is currently available for 6-15 year olds.

From 14 November 2022, the Scottish Child Payment will be expanded to 6 to 15 year olds. The payment is £25 per week for each child up to the age of 16.  The Scottish Child Payment is delivered by Social Security Scotland.

It is not possible to automatically transfer from the Scottish Child Bridging Payments to the Scottish Child Payment. You must apply to Social Security Scotland from 14 November 2022.

To find out more about this and to apply please visit or by calling Social Security Scotland free on 0800 182 2222