Apply for Free School Meals

 

Link: https://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/services/education-and-childcare/school-life/apply-free-school-meals

 

Pupils are eligible for free school meals if their parents or carers receive one of the following benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Job seekers Allowance (JSA)
  • Any income related element of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Child Tax Credit (CTC) but not Working Tax Credit (WTC), with an income under £16105 with effect from 6 April 2015.
  • Both maximum Child Tax Credit and maximum Working Tax Credit and your annual income is under £6,900
  • Support under Part V1 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Universal Credit and your monthly earned income is not more than £610

Pupils are eligible for free school meals in their own right if they are between 16-18 and fall into any of these categories.

During the current COVID-19 School Closures, parents/carers of P1 to P3 pupils are requested to apply for Free School Meals in order to receive meal vouchers. When schools return, all P1 to P3 pupils will resume their automatic entitlement.

 

Apply for free school meals

 

You can apply for free school meals online. You will need to provide evidence of the benefit/s that you receive. 

 

You must provide evidence of the qualifying benefit each year in September. If you stop claiming the benefits you must notify the school. If you receive a free school meal to which you are not entitled, you may be asked to pay the money back.

Apply for a school clothing grant

 

Link: https://www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/services/education-and-childcare/school-life/apply-school-clothing-grant

 

We can, in some circumstances, provide a grant towards the costs of school clothing and footwear if you receive certain benefits.

The current grant is £100 for both primary school and secondary school pupils. For pupils of statutory school age the grant is paid to parents; for pupils over statutory school age the grant is paid to the student.

You can apply for a school clothing grant if you or your family receive any of these benefits:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Job Seeker’s Allowance (JSA)
  • Any income related element of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Child Tax Credit (CTC), but not Working Tax Credit, and your annual income is less than £16,105
  • Both maximum Child Tax Credit and maximum Working Tax Credit and your annual income is under £6,900
  • Universal Credit, and your monthly earned income is not more than £610
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Reduction

You can only apply for children attending school or about to enter Primary 1. If you are an eligible student who receives an Education Maintenance Allowance you can apply for a school clothing grant for yourself. Applications for session 2020/2021 can be made from 1 April 2020.

You can apply for a school clothing grant online. Before you apply online, you will need to set up an account. This is so you can track the progress of your application.

 

ACC Crisis Support Line

 

Link: https://news.aberdeencity.gov.uk/council-launches-emergency-helpline-during-covid-19-outbreak/

 

Council launches crisis support line during COVID-19 outbreak

Aberdeen City Council has launched a free crisis support line to prioritise support to its most vulnerable and at-risk customers during the coronavirus outbreak.

This service is for crisis only. It is for those who are hardest hit by the coronavirus outbreak and unable to find the information they are looking for or unable to get help from their existing support networks, in these unprecedented times.

The telephone number 0800 0304 713 will be staffed initially from 8am-6pm Monday to Friday from Tuesday 24 March until further notice.

Members of the emergency helpline team are ready to provide welfare and financial advice and support, including what to do if you are struggling to get food or pay bills.

Similar advice and information are also available on issues such as housing, health, food, heating, finance and schools on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) page of the Council’s website, which is being regularly updated.

Police Scotland Survey

 

Police Scotland Survey

Police Scotland has commissioned a survey to provide a platform for those in all our communities to have their voice heard during these challenging times, and beyond.  The feedback from the survey aims to capture people’s feeling of safety and any concerns they have which we can address operationally and through information campaigns.  The survey, which takes about 10 minutes to complete, can be accessed via the link below and the Police have asked us to share this survey with our school community:

https://consult.scotland.police.uk/surveys/your-police-2020-2021

Scottish Government Guidance to Support Home Learning

 

Scottish Government Guidance to Support Home Learning

New guidance to support the home learning of children and young people during the new term was issued on 20 April 2020.  It aims to build on the significant amount of positive work that has already been undertaken by teachers and education professionals across Scotland to support learning at home, as well as the advice and resources that are already available.

 

The guidance covers three main areas:

 

1) learning and teaching at home: this includes support for digital learning; children who are likely to be disproportionately impacted; and learners with additional support needs

2) parental involvement and engagement: this includes details of local and national support and how local authorities/schools will require a different approach to being updated on a child’s development

3) support for teachers and school leaders: including advice on learning resources; supporting pupils’ and staff health and wellbeing; and on leading colleagues and teams during this period

 

The full document is available at:

https://www.gov.scot/publications/supporting-pupils-parents-teachers-learning-during-term-4/

Lord Provost Hardship Fund

 

Lord Provost Hardship Fund

The Lord Provost is to launch a fund to support individuals and families affected by COVID-19.  The initial fund is £100k but it is anticipated that this will be matched by the Common Good Fund and added to by other funding streams.  Individuals and families will be able to apply for themselves online – or they can phone the ACC Crisis Support Line 0800 0304 713 to access funds.  The funding criteria will be:

* People suffering financial hardship as a result of COVID-19

* People whose income has been directly affected by COVID-19 – a reduction of 50% or more of household income

* Individuals with an income of less than 20k

* Families with an income of less than 30k

* Other support options must have been explored

* People can only apply once every 31 days

 

The maximum for an individual application will be £200 and for a family £300.