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Free School Meals and Clothing Allowances

Free School Meals and Clothing Allowances

Orkney Islands Council provides assistance with free school meals and clothing allowances to families on a low income who meet the eligibility criteria. To be awarded this assistance, proof must be provided that you are in receipt of a qualifying benefit.

The current clothing allowance is £56.00 per eligible child.

Eligibility

You can apply for free school meals and clothing allowances if you are receiving:

  • Universal Credit, and from 1 August 2017 your monthly income must be under £610 (previously this was set at £500).
  • Income Support.
  • Income-Based Job Seeker’s Allowance.
  • Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance (contributions-based is not accepted).
  • Child Tax Credit but not Working Tax Credit, and your annual household income is less than £16,105.
  • Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit, and your annual household income is less than £6,420.

Nursery

Children who are attending nursery will receive a free school meal only if they are attending for a full day but they are not entitled to a clothing allowance. Therefore, there is no need to complete an application form.

Primary 1-3

All children in Primary 1-3 are automatically entitled to a free school meal without the need to complete an application form. However, you should still complete an application form if you are eligible for a clothing allowance.

Primary 4 and Up

If you are in receipt of one of the qualifying benefits listed above, you should complete an application form to apply for free school meals and clothing allowances.

Application Form

A copy of the Free School Meals application form is available here – Application Form

Alternatively you can request a paper copy from the school office by phoning 861256 or emailing admin.standrews@glow.orkneyschools.org.uk

Further Information

Further information can be found at the OIC Free School Meals Web Page.