Do I need to apply?
If you were considered for an award of Free School Meals and/or Clothing Grant in the 2018/19 school year you DO NOT need to submit a new application for the school year beginning in August, even if you did not qualify for an award in our previous assessment.
We will automatically 'roll forward' your previous application/claim for the new school year and assess your entitlement to Free School Meals and Clothing Grants.
If you were not considered for an award of Free School Meals and/or Clothing for the 2018/19 school year, you will need to submit a new application form.
What is the 'roll forward' process?
If you were considered for an award of Free School Meals and/or Clothing Grant in the 2018/19 school year we will 'roll forward' your claim.
This means that we will automatically assess your entitlement to Free School Meals and Clothing Grant without the need to submit a new application form.
If you are claiming Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Reduction we will use the information we already hold to make a decision on your entitlement to Free Schools and Meals and Clothing Grants.
If you are not claiming Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Reduction we will contact you to let you know what evidence you need to provide.
If you are unsure, don't worry, we'll contact you to let you know if there's anything we need from you. Keep an eye out for our emails/letters.
Do I need to advise of a new child starting school?
As part of our assessment we will pick up on any new school age children and automatically add them to your claim.
We will contact you to confirm this if necessary, though.
How do I apply?
If you have not been contacted as part of our 'roll forward' process please visit our website at www.falkirk.gov.uk/fsm and follow the link to our online application form.
Do I need to provide additional evidence?
If you are currently claiming Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Reduction we will already have the information we need to carry out our assessment.
Please be aware that Council Tax Reduction does not include Single Person Discount for Council Tax purposes.
If you are not currently claiming Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Reduction we will normally need you to provide evidence of your current income.
What evidence should I provide?
If you are currently claiming Universal Credit we will need your most recent Universal Credit Award details. This can be provided in the form of a screenshot from your Universal Credit Online Journal which shows the full breakdown of your Universal Credit award, including any earned income for that period.
If you are currently claiming Tax Credits we will need your 2019/2020 Tax Credits Award letter (please provide all pages of your award letter). We are now able to accept all forms of Tax Credits Award letters including Annual Review letters and Provisional Award letters.
Alternatively, you can access your Tax Credits Award details by signing up for an online personal tax account with HMRC.
How do I provide additional evidence?
How much is the Clothing Grant award?
The Clothing Grant award is £120.00 per child. Only one award can be paid for each child within each school year.
How is Clothing Grant paid?
For new applicants, Clothing Grants will be paid into your chosen bank account, or by cheque if requested.
For 'roll forward' applicants, Clothing Grant awards will automatically be paid into the same bank account as previously provided.
How do I update my bank details?
If you need to update your bank details you must do so as soon as possible.
You can do this by either:
- Completing the online change of bank account form which is available on our website at www.falkirk.gov.uk/fsm, or
- Visiting your nearest Advice and Support Hub.
When will I be paid?
Payments will be made within 10 days of receiving your award notice.
We aim to have all applications assessed and awards made before the school term begins in August where possible, or within 28 days of receiving all the information required to make a decision.
Free School Meals
When will the Free School Meals be available?
If you have been notified of entitlement to Free School Meals before the beginning of the school term in August, Free School Meals will be available from the first day of the school year and will remain available until then end of the school year.
If Free School Meals are awarded later in the school year, the entitlement will begin the day after your award notice has been issued, and will remain in available until the end of the school year.
Can awards be backdated?
Unfortunately, we are unable to backdate any entitlement to Free School Meals or reimburse any payments made before entitlement is granted.
How will Free School Meals be provided?
They way Free School Meals are provided may vary depending on the school your children attend.
Please contact your school if you require further information regarding this.
Are school breakfasts also free?
If you have been approved for Free School Meals your child may also be entitled to a free breakfast (Note – this does not automatically include all P1 to P3 pupils).
However, not all schools have breakfast clubs. See individual school pages to see if they have one.
For more information regarding School Breakfast Clubs please visit the website.