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Currently all children in P1 to P5 are entitled to universal free school meals, regardless of financial circumstances. Families on low income can apply for free school meals and milk and a grant to help towards the costs of buying school clothes for their children. 

Eligibility criteria

The eligibility criteria below is applicable to 2023/24 applications. Please note that applications are not processed until the end of June so please do not contact us to check on your application until after that date.

Find out if you qualify

Check the table below to see if you qualify.

Income and benefit information
Type of income/benefit for school clothing grant onlyType of income/benefit for school clothing grant and free school meals
Child Tax Credit where household income is £18,725 or less
Child Tax Credit where household income is £18,725 or less
Universal Credit where employers take home pay is £1,560 or less per month Universal Credit where employers take home pay is £726.00 or less per month
Council Tax Reduction and/or Housing Benefit Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit where annual household income is £8,717 or less
Income Support / Pension Credit Income Support / Pension Credit
Jobseekers Allowance (income based) Jobseekers Allowance (income based)
Employment and Support Allowance (income related) Employment and Support Allowance (income related)
Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 Support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

Contact Information

Revenues and Benefits
Civic Centre North
John Dickie Street
Kilmarnock
East Ayrshire
KA1 1HW
Telephone (Option 3): 01563 554400

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