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Free School Meals & Clothing Allowance


To receive free school meals and assistance with school clothing your household must be in receipt of any one of the following:

  • Income Support
  • Universal Credit (where the monthly earned income does not exceed £726).
  • Income-based Job Seekers Allowance
  • Any income related element of Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit, but not in receipt of Working Tax Credit, and your income is less than £18,725 (as assessed by the HMRC)
  • Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit and an income below £8,717 (as assessed by the HMRC)
  • If you are 16 to 18 yrs old and receive any of these benefits in your own right then you can claim for yourself
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Pension Credit Guarantee Credit

You can also apply:

  • If you are 16 to 18 yrs old and receive any of these benefits in your own right
  • If you have no recourse to public funds, normally due to immigration status
  • If you are a family awaiting your first monthly Universal Credit award notice

The School Clothing Grant is £154 for Primary School children and £165 for High School children..

If you have any issues with our online application form or questions about the free school meals and clothing assistance scheme, then contact us by email at

Clothing Grants and Free School meals applications for the school term commencing August 2023 Open on 1 July 2023.

Alternatively, our Welfare Support Team can be contacted at for advice and assistance in making an application.

Free School Meals enquiries



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Culduthel Road
01463 667800