A School Age Payment, is a £250 payment made around the time a child normally starts Primary 1 to help with the costs of a child starting school.

Who can get School Age Payment?

You can apply for the School Age Payment if:

  • you have a child starting Primary this August (or deferred by 1 year)
  • you live in Scotland whether you are in work or not
  • You are eligible if you are the parent or carer of the child and in receipt of one of the following benefits:
    • Universal Credit
    • Income Support
    • Income Related Job Seekers Allowance
    • Income Related Employment Support Allowance
    • Pension Credit
    • Housing Benefit
    • Child Tax Credit
    • Working Tax Credit
  • If you are under 18 you are automatically eligible and don't have to be on a qualifying benefit
  • You would also be eligible if you are 18 or 19, in full time education or training and dependent on someone else like a parent or carer who is claiming child benefit, child tax credit, pension credit or universal credit for you

How many children qualify for School Age Payment in each family?

Every child in a qualifying family will get a payment

What age must the child be to qualify for the School Age Payment?

You can apply for a payment if your child was born between 1 March 2014 and 28 February 2015. .

I deferred my child, can I still apply?

Yes, you can still apply if your child was deferred as long as they were born between 1 March 2014 and 28 February 2015. You should still apply between 3 June 2019 to 29 February 2020. If you wait till after 29 February 2020 it will be too late and you will miss out on your payment.

How to apply

By telephone:

Social Security Scotland

or you can download a paper copy to post back. Postal details are on the form/

If you do not want to apply in English, by calling

you can:

  • apply over the phone in any of over 100 languages
  • ask for a paper form to be sent to you in any of over 100 languages