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Family Pandemic Payment

The Family Pandemic Payment is two payments of £100 for each child who gets free school meals because of low income.

Who can get it?

You could get the payment if you meet the eligibility criteria for free school meals. This is usually because you're on a low income or getting certain benefits. Check the full eligibility criteria for free school meals if you're not sure.

You might also get the payment if you're experiencing financial hardship. For example, if:

  • you're waiting for your first Universal Credit payment
  • your immigration status means you cannot get help from the government

You can't get these payments if your child is in early learning and childcare (nursery). The Scottish Child Payment is available for children under the age of 6.

How to get the payment

Your local council will make any payment.

If your child gets free school meals because you're on a low income and get a qualifying benefit you do not need to apply for it. Your local council will make the payment to you automatically.

You have to apply for free school meals to get the payment if you meet the eligibility criteria for them and:

  • you have never applied before or had help with school meals during the school holidays
  • your child gets universal free school meals in primary 1 to 3 (extending to primary 4 from August 2021)

Contact your local council to apply for school meals and get the payment.

When will it be paid?

The first payment will be made by the end of July 2021 and the second payment will be made by 16 January 2022.

Further help

Check your local council's website for more information or to contact someone about the payment.

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