School uniforms, free meals and EMA
Who qualifies for free school meals and clothing grants?
You may qualify if you receive:
- Income Support
- Income based Job Seekers Allowance
- Income related element of Employment and Support Allowance
- Child Tax Credit but not Working Tax Credit
- Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit Support under Part V1 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Universal Credit
- Council Tax or Housing Benefit
For Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit you will need to provide us with all the pages of your recent Tax Credit Award letter. This should be dated in the last 3 months and show your expected income. For all other allowances you need to provide your reward letter. These should be supplied at the time of applying and applications cannot be processed until this has been received.
You can apply for a clothing grant up to 31 December. Only one clothing grant per child is allowed for each school year.
We will send you a form before the end of June if you were paid a grant in the previous school session.
There is a single application form for both benefits, and it is only necessary to apply once per year.
Please return your completed application form, along with the above documents, to Customer First, Port Street, Stirling or Stirling Council, Teith House, Kerse Road, Stirling FK7 7QA.
No grant is paid for young people who are 16 years old by 30 September. An application should be made for Education Maintenance Allowance. If any of the above applies they are entitled to free school meals.
You can apply for free school meals at any time. If your child qualifies for free school meals we will advise the school. Meals will be provided from the date the application is approved and cannot be backdated.
We can’t pay a grant for children attending nursery. However, if your child is over 2 years old and attends nursery for an extended day, NOT a half-day session, and any of the above applies they are entitled to free meals.
If your application is successful, we aim to send you a payment before the new school year starts. If you haven’t received your payment by then please phone 01786 233210. We start sending out payments direct to your bank account in July.
If you are not entitled to a payment we will write to you and explain why.
Who qualifies for education maintenance allowance?
An education maintenance allowance (EMA) is an allowance of up to £30 per week payable to eligible young people who stay in full-time education at school after their 16th birthday. It can be paid for a maximum of 3 consecutive years, and must be applied for each year.