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Scottish child bridging payment

What is it?

The Scottish child bridging payment is paid to people who live in Scotland and have children aged 6 to 16 they are claiming free school meals for. It was previously called the Covid hardship payments and the Family Pandemic Payment.

See the Free School Meals help page to check if you are eligible for the underlying benefit. It is usually because you're on a low income or getting certain benefits.

You might also get the payment if you're experiencing financial hardship. For example, if:

  • you're waiting for your first Universal Credit payment
  • your immigration status means you cannot get help from the government

The Scottish Child Payment is available for children under the age of 6.

How much is it?

Eligible families with children in school will receive payments of £160 per child in October 2021 and December 2021.

In 2022, four equal payments of £130 will be made to eligible families at Easter, summer, October and Christmas to broadly align with the start of school holidays.

How to claim

The Scottish child bridging payment is paid automatically if you are already claiming free school meals for your child, you don’t need to make an application. It will be paid to you by your local authority.