Free School Meals

Please see the message below which has been added to South Lanarkshire’s website this evening.  I have copied the relevant sections but if you wish to read the whole thing then I have added the link below.

Free school meals
From Friday 3rd April we have in place new arrangements to send PayPoint vouchers directly to parents/carers of children who are entitled to free school meals.

These will replace the ‘take and go’ lunches that have been available from our emergency childcare hubs and some other schools.  These lunches will not be available for collection after the 3rd April.
Parents/carers of eligible children do not need to apply for this payment.

A £30 voucher will be sent to you on a fortnightly basis using the mobile phone numbers or email addresses we already hold for you.  If we don’t have your number or email we will post the vouchers to you.

The first £30 payments will be made on Friday 3rdApril, covering the weeks commencing 30th March and 6th April.

A second payment will be made on Thursday 9th April (as Friday 10th April is a public holiday), covering weeks beginning 13th and 20th April.

Advance payments will continue every fortnight thereafter from Friday 24th April.
Scottish Government guidelines suggest that payments should reflect what councils charge for school lunches.  As the cost of a school lunch in South Lanarkshire is £1.70, the £30 fortnightly payment considerably exceeds that.  The payment is also in line with the UK Government’s £15 a week vouchers system.

Payments will be made only to those entitled to means-tested free school meals.  This includes children in Primaries 1 to 3, who will be assessed from free school meal entitlement.  Again, this is in line with Scottish Government guidelines.

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