Clothing grant and free school meal 2016 / 2017

How do I apply for a school clothing grant and free school meal?

 Your child or children are entitled to free school meals and a clothing grant if you receive one of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Job Seekers Allowance (income based)
  • Part IV of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Child Tax Credit, but not Working Tax Credit, and where annual income is below £16,105 (in 2016/17) as assessed by the Inland Revenue
  • Any income related element of Employment and Support Allowance
  • Parent or carer who is in receipt of Working Tax Credit with an income below the threshold for receipt of maximum Working Tax Credit (currently below £6420) when approved by the Scottish Parliament.
  • Universal credit.

Please note:

  • Only one application form should be completed per family
  • If a pupil is over the school leaving age, the application will be processed when it is confirmed that the pupil has returned to school


How to apply

You can download a form by clicking on the link on this page. 

If you are in receipt of

  • Income Support,
  • Job Seekers Allowance,
  • Employment and Support Allowance (Income related),
  • Universal Credit.

collect your freepost envelope for your application form to be processed from -  Job Centre in Greenock or Customer Services Centre at Municipal Buildings, Clyde Square Greenock or Princes Street House, Port Glasgow. (Please allow up to 21 days for your application to be processed.)

The completed form should be returned to Inverclyde Council, Customer Service Centre


How will I receive my Clothing Grant?

The Clothing Grant will be paid directly into your bank account. Please Note The council can no longer issue cheques.


When will I receive my Clothing Grant?

You will normally receive your cheque within 4 weeks of your application and proof of Income.

If you delay making your application until August, you may not receive your grant in time for the start of the new school session.


How much is the Clothing Grant?

Each year the Council decides how much the grant will be. This year the grant will be £90.00 per child.


What if my circumstances change?

You should immediately notify Education Services at the address/telephone number under Contacts on this page.

Page last updated: 23 February 2017