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Clackmannanshire Council is replacing its “grab bag” lunch deliveries with a new payment system in order to improve the service for children who are eligible for free school meals and provide support for families most in need during the Coronavirus outbreak.
Families or carers whose children receive free school meals and are currently in receipt of clothing or footwear grants will receive a payment of £23 per fortnight for each child.The first payments started from today (Friday 24 April) and will continue fortnightly after that. The money will be transferred directly into the parent/carer bank account where families or carers normally receive their clothing grants.
Additional arrangements can be made for families where a bank transfer may not be the preferred option of payment. Families whose financial circumstances may have changed, including those who have children in P1-P3, and who think they may now meet free school meal entitlement are encouraged to apply.
Cllr Graham Lindsay, Convener of the Council’s People Committee, said: “The new payment system offers more flexibility for families during this particularly difficult time. It is a priority for the Council to make sure that our children most in need have access to food during this period."
Families or carers can find more information about the new payment system and the criteria for eligibility for free school meals online.