Free School Meals & Clothing Grants Update 9th October – 22nd December 2020

Tuesday 13th October 2020

Currently, BACS payments are set up for those families who qualified for free school meals based on the criteria applied during the lockdown and summer period. However, a number of changes are due to take place, please see below:

 

https://www.midlothian.gov.uk/downloads/download/18/the_scottish_welfare_fund_application_forms

 

New applications

If your financial circumstances have changed, you can apply for free school meals and a clothing grant if you receive:

Your child is also entitled to free school lunches and a clothing grant if you receive:

 

How to apply

To apply, download and complete the application form below then email it with any supporting documents to fsmawards@midlothian.gov.uk. There is a single application form for both benefits. You need only apply once per year. Supporting evidence will be needed at the time of applying. We cannot process applications until we receive this.

Please follow this advice to reduce the risks of sending personal information by email:

Advice for mobile/tablet device users

Please use either Microsoft Wordor Adobe Acrobat Reader (both free to download from your app store) to open up the form which should allow you to complete and save the application ready to email. Email the completed form and any supporting documents to fsmawards@midlothian.gov.uk

What happens next?

We aim to process all applications within 28 days, although this may vary in busy periods.  Free school meals will be awarded immediately, and clothing grants will normally be awarded within 28 days from receipt of application. Regular payments will be made up to 31 March 2021.

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