FIFE Council is encouraging families on low incomes to apply for free school meals and help towards buying school clothing.

The council has automatically re-awarded grants to over 4,500 families and has written to around 4,700 more identified as being eligible, to let them know they can now apply for these grants for the 2019-20 financial year.

Councillor Fay Sinclair, convener of the education and children’s services committee, said: “Sadly, too many children in Fife are living in poverty and too many families are finding it hard to make ends meet.

"If you’re entitled to this bit of help, please make sure you apply.

"Over 700 pupils will automatically be awarded the £100 school clothing grant, and we’ll be proactively contacting 4,700 more to let them know they may be eligible.

“The earliest payment date for the school clothing grant is June 13 2019.

"Don’t forget to apply for this separately if your child automatically gets free school meals because they’re in P1-3.”

To find out if you’re entitled to this help and how you can apply, please visit:

If you need help completing the application form, the benefits and council tax team can help on: 03451 55 11 55, or online at: