Family Pandemic Payment

This is a one-off payment of £100 to help families of children entitled to free school meals (excluding those entitled to universal provision of P1-4 meals). The payment is funded by the Scottish Government and can be used for anything you want.

For the Winter 2021 payment, this will now be increased by £60 to include the additional Scottish Child Payment Bridging Payment (please refer to this heading in the Financial Support section for further information). For the purpose of any pre-payment communication, the full payment of £160 will be referred to as the Scottish Child Payment Bridging Payment.

The Family Pandemic Payment is being provided to any child or young person who goes to a South Lanarkshire Council school and whose parent/carer(s) are in receipt of a qualifying benefit and are eligible for a means tested free school meal.

Although all P1-4 pupils receive a free school meal, the payments will only be made if you get any of the following benefits and are therefore eligible for free school meals:

  • Income Support
  • Universal Credit (and your earned income is less than £625 as assessed by the Department for Work and Pensions in the assessment period immediately preceding the application for free school meals)
  • Job Seekers Allowance (income based)
  • Employment and Support Allowance (income related)
  • Child Tax Credit only (with a gross annual income less than £16,105 as assessed by HM Revenues and Customs on your Tax Credit Award Notice TC602)
  • Working Tax Credit and Child Tax credit (with a gross annual income less than £7,500) as assessed by HM Revenues and Customs on your Tax Credit Award Notice (TC602)
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999

You do not have to apply. If you are eligible the payment will automatically be paid by Friday 17 December 2021.

The payment will be made direct into your bank account using bank details we already have from making the footwear and clothing grant payments, along with the Covid-19 support payments earlier this year.

In exceptional circumstances we may pay by cheque.

  1. Who is eligible to receive a Family Pandemic Payment?
    A. Any child or young person eligible for free school meals through means testing, that is whose parent/carer(s) are in receipt of a qualifying benefit, who goes to primary or secondary school (including ASN schools). For more information on whether you are eligible, see the Free school mealspage. https://www.southlanarkshire.gov.uk/info/200259/education_benefits/159/school_clothing_grants_and_free_school_meals/2
  2. Are all children in P1-P4 eligible for the Family Pandemic Payment?
    A. No. Although, all P1 to P4 pupils automatically get a free school meal you will only get this payment if you get any of the benefits listed above. For more information on whether you are eligible, see the Free school mealspage. https://www.southlanarkshire.gov.uk/info/200259/education_benefits/159/school_clothing_grants_and_free_school_meals/2
  3. Does the Family Pandemic Payment include pre-school aged children?
    A. No, pre-school aged children are not eligible for this payment. The Scottish Child Payment is available for children under the age of 6 – to find out more about this and to apply please visit Scottish Child Paymentpage. https://www.mygov.scot/scottish-child-payment
  4. Do I need to apply for the Family Pandemic Payment?
    A. No. The payment will be made direct into your bank account using bank details we already have from making the footwear and clothing grant payments, along with the Covid-19 support payments earlier this year. In exceptional circumstances we may pay by cheque.
  5. When will I receive the payment?
    A. We aim to have payments issued by Friday 17 December 2021.
  6. Will I get a payment for each of my children?
    A. Yes, you will receive a payment for each eligible child or young person.
  7. I heard that there will be a separate payment for £160 – is this correct?
    A. No. The £100 payment referred to above will be increased by £60 to include the latest Scottish Child Payment Bridging Payment. Please see the Scottish Child Payment Bridging Payment heading for further information.
  8. Will this payment affect my claim for Universal Credit?
    A. If you receive Universal Credit, then this payment will be counted as Capital. This will not normally affect the amount you receive unless you have savings or other Capital totalling over £6,000. If you are worried that this payment could impact your Universal Credit award, you should report the payment in your journal by signing in to your Universal Credit accountor by calling the Universal Credit helpline on 0800 328 5644. https://www.gov.uk/sign-in-universal-credit

This payment will be disregarded in full for other benefits and for income tax purposes.

  1. Where can I find more information on the Family Pandemic Payment?
    A. For more information on the Family Pandemic Payment, please visit the Scottish Governmentwebsite.  https://www.mygov.scot/scottish-child-bridging-payments
  2. I believe I should have received this payment but haven’t.  Who should I contact?
    A. You should use our enquiry form. https://www.southlanarkshire.gov.uk/forms/form/348/en/enquiry_for_financial_support_parents_and_carers

If you have any other questions about the Family Pandemic Payment use our enquiry form. https://www.southlanarkshire.gov.uk/forms/form/348/en/enquiry_for_financial_support_parents_and_carers