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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
  • Income-based Job Seeker’s Allowance
  • Income-based Employment and Support Allowance
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Universal Credit (where their monthly earned income is not more than £796)
  • Child Tax Credit, but not Working Tax Credit, where their income is less than £19,995
  • Both Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit where their income is not more than £9,552
  • Pension Credit Guaranteed Credit

You can also apply if:

  • you are 16 to 18 years old and receive any of these benefits in your own right
  • you have no access to public funds, normally due to immigration status
  • 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.


Clothing Grants and Free School meals applications for the school term starting in August 2024, open on 1 July 2024.

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

Clothing Grants and Free School meals applications for the school term commencing August 2024 Open on 1 July 2024.

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

Free School Meals enquiries



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