Social Security Scotland

Did you know that if you are on tax credits or certain benefits, you could be entitled to five family payments including School Age Payment?

  • Best Start Grant Pregnancy and Baby Payment – one off payment of up to £606 from 24 weeks in pregnancy up until a baby turns 6 months for families who get certain benefits.
  • Best Start Grant Early Learning Payment – one off payment of £252.50 when a child is between two and three years and six months for families who get certain benefits.
  • Best Start Grant School Age Payment – one off payment of £252.50 when a child would normally start primary one for families who get certain benefits.
  • Best Start Foods – a pre-paid card from pregnancy up to when a child turns three for families on certain benefits to help buy healthy food.

To find out if you are eligible follow this link.

Aberdeen City Council

There’s further support available through Aberdeen City Council – All pupils from P1-P4 will now automatically receive free school meals, but parents on certain benefits should still claim as they will then receive support during the school holidays and access to the Scottish Government COVID-19 Hardship Grant. This also helps the school as for every pupil they have who claims free meals they receive money in the form of the Pupil Equity Fund, which the school can spend on materials etc. to help improve attainment.

Pupils are eligible for free school meals if their parents or carers receive one of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Job Seeker’s Allowance
  • Any income related element of Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit, but not Working Tax Credit, with an income of less than £16,105
  • Both Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit with an income of up to £7,500
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Universal Credit with a monthly earned income of not more than £625
  • Universal Credit, with a single parent/carer working less than 16 hours per week with an annual earned income from employment of less than £16,105
  • Universal Credit, with both parents/carers working less than 24 hours per week with an annual earned income from employment of less than £16,105
  • Pupils are eligible for free school meals in their own right if they are between 16-18 and fall into any of these categories.

All pupils in P1 to P4 receive free school meals when in school.  Pupils in P5 will receive free school meals from January 2022.  

Where a child is in P1 to P4 and parents meet the eligibility criteria above, the parent should apply for Free School Meals in order to receive vouchers during holiday periods or periods of home learning and access to the Scottish Government COVID-19 Hardship Grant (payable in December 2021).

Parents of preschool children, in funded places where lunch is provided, can also apply to receive vouchers during holiday periods, where they meet the criteria above.

To apply for free school meals, follow this link

Advice Direct Scotland have developed a new benefits calculator, which can advise of your entitlement to all UK and Scottish devolved benefits.

 

You can access the calculator https://adsbenefits.inbest.ai/

If you need any Assistance with your Welfare Rights, you can contact the CFINE SAFE team on 01224 531386 or at [email protected]