North Ayrshire Council can provide free school meals and up to £100 worth of school footwear and clothing to children whose parents are on certain benefits. If your child is in Primary 1, 2 or 3 you will automatically receive free school meals. Parents of children entering Primary 4 and up must apply.


Applications for the new academic year 2019/20, may be made from 1 June 2019

We may be able to help you with these school costs if your child attends primary or secondary school and you receive 1 of the following:

  • Income Support

  • Income based Jobseeker's Allowance

  • Income related Employment and Support Allowance

  • Child Tax Credit only (with income under £16,105)

  • maximum Working Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit (with an income under £6,420)

  • Working Tax Credit with income under £16,105 (clothing grant only

  • support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 

  • Universal Credit where the monthly earned income does not exceed £610.