Clothing grant and free school meal 2019 / 2020

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

 To apply for a clothing grant/free school meals your child or children must attend an Inverclyde school and you must receive one of the following:

  • Income Support (IS);
  • Income-based Job Seekers Allowance (JSA);
  • Employment and Support Allowance (Income Related) (ESA) ;
  • Child Tax Credit, but not Working Tax Credit and where income is less than £16,105 (in 2019/20) as assessed by HMRC;
  • Parent or Carer is in receipt of Working Tax Credit and/or Child Tax Credit with Annual Gross Earnings of no more than £11,288;
  • Universal Credit, where your take home pay does not exceed £915, as shown on your monthly Universal Credit statement;
  • An Asylum Seeker, receiving support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Seekers Act 1999.
  • If you currently care for a child under a formal Kinship Care arrangement with Social Work, then you maybe entitled to this grant.  Please contact us for more information.


All children who will be in P1-4 from August 2019 are entitled to receive a free school meal. However, if you wish to apply for a clothing grant, an application form will still require to be completed and the appropriate household income evidence submitted. If a pupil is over the school leaving age the application for clothing grant and free school meals will be processed when it is confirmed that the pupil has returned to school.

 

How can I get an application form?

Apply to the school that your child attends or, if your child is starting school, the school that your child is enrolled at. You can also apply to Customer Service Centre, Municipal Buildings, Clyde Square, Greenock for an application form or download from the Council’s website.

An application form will be sent home with your child before the beginning of the summer holidays.


When can I get a form?

The forms will be available from schools and Customer Service Centre, Municipal Buildings, Clyde Square, Greenock from end of June.

 

When can I apply?

You can apply at any time between June 2019 and 31 May 2020.

 

How will I receive my clothing grant?

The clothing grant will be paid directly into your bank account, once we have received the relevant household income evidence for the current year. Please note : Inverclyde Council can no longer issue cheques.


When will I receive my clothing grant?

Clothing grants applied for before or during the summer holiday will generally be paid in early August. Payments will be paid directly into bank accounts. You should ensure that the bank account you hold accepts payments by BACS transfer - if not, your payment will be delayed.

If you delay making your application until August you may not receive your grant in time for the start of the new school session. Please note, at peak times over the summer period, your application may take up to 21 days to be processed due to the volume of applications received.

 

What is the value of the clothing grant?

Each year the council decides how much the grant will be. This year the grant will be £145 per child.

 

What if my circumstances change?

You should immediately notify Customer Service Centre, Municipal Buildings, Clyde Square, Greenock, or call 01475 712893.

 

Where do I send the form?

The form must be returned to Customer Service Centre, Municipal Buildings, Clyde Square, Greenock, Inverclyde PA15 1LY together with the appropriate household income evidence.

 

If you are in receipt of:

  • Income Support;
  • Income based Job Seekers Allowance (JSA);
  • Any income related element of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA).

Collect a FREEPOST ENVELOPE for your application form to be processed from either of the following:

  • Customer Service Centre at Municipal Buildings, Clyde Square, Greenock PA15 1LY
  • Job Centre Plus

 

Please ensure the school has correct address details as conflicting information may delay processing your application.

Please allow up to 21 days for your application to be processed.

 

All other application forms and enquiries should be directed to:

Phone:        01475 712893
Email:          admin.educationhq@inverclyde.gov.uk
Write to:      Customer Service Centre, Municipal Buildings, Clyde Square, Greenock, Inverclyde PA15 1LY

If you are claiming free school meals due to being in receipt of appropriate Child Tax Credit or Working Tax Credit we would ask that you bring your most up to date Tax Credit Award Notice with you as evidence when handing in the form, showing estimated household income for 2019/20.

Page last updated: 4 July 2019