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Footwear, clothing and free school meals
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Educational grants: footwear, clothing and free school meals 

Additional financial support 

Family pandemic payments are available to children and young people of school age in receipt of free school meals on the basis of low income eligibility.

We provide free school meals and £120 (per child) for primary school children and £150 (per child) for secondary school children worth of school footwear and clothing to children whose parents are on certain benefits.

Can I get help with these costs?

We may be able to help you with these school costs if your child attends primary or secondary school and you receive 1 of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Income based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Any income related element of Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit only (with income under £16,105)
  • Both Working Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit (with an income up to £7,500)
  • Universal Credit where the monthly earned income does not exceed £625
  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

Families will be eligible for a Clothing Grant only if in receipt of one of the following:

  • Working Tax Credit and/or Child Tax Credit with an annual income of £16,105 or less
  • Universal Credit with monthly earned income of not more than £1342
  • Council Tax Reduction/Housing Benefit


Applications for the school year 21/22 are now open

Apply for 2021/22 Grant