School Clothing Grants, Free School Meals & Milk

Families on low incomes may be eligible to receive free school meals and milk for their children. There are also grants available to help towards the cost of school clothing.

Families in receipt of the following will be eligible for Free School Meals and a Clothing Grant:

  • Income Support / Pension Credit
  • Income-based Jobseekers' Allowance
  • Any Income-Related element of Employment and Support Allowance
  • Working Tax Credit and/or Child Tax Credit with an annual income of £7,330 or less
  • Universal Credit where "take-home pay" does not exceed £610.

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

  • Working Tax Credit and/or Child Tax Credit with an annual income of £16,105 or less
  • Universal Credit where "take-home pay" does not exceed £1,342.

All children in primary 1, 2 and 3 will receive free school lunches, regardless of financial circumstances, however families who are in receipt of the above benefits should complete an application to ensure their child receives free milk and a clothing grant.

How to apply?

School Pupils

Nursery Children

Additional Support Needs (ASN) School

Application Process 

We aim to assess all applications within 7 working days of receipt and we will notify you of our decision by email. If your child has been granted free school meals and milk the school their school will be automatically advised. Normally, clothing grants will be paid into your specified bank account within 7 days of our assessment.

How much clothing grant will I receive?

The current grants are £125 for each primary school aged pupil and £135 for pupils of secondary school age. 

Students with a date of birth between 01/03/2004 and 30/09/2004 will not be eligible for a clothing grant however they may apply for EMA payments

I have already received a clothing grant this year but my child needs new uniform. Where can I go for help?

We would recommend that you speak to your child's school. Many schools run a clothing store or your school may be able to make a referral to the West Lothian school bank. This charity provides school uniform and clothing to families in need.

Free lunches are available for nursery children in full day placements for families who meet the eligibility criteria for free school meals.