21 July 2020 22:30
A one-off school uniform discount is now open across the country for thousands of parents to apply for. The School Uniform Grant is a government scheme which could give qualifying households as much as £150 per child ahead of the new academic year. Applications are now open for the discount which is offered by the Government to help families on low incomes manage their budgets, as part of the Education Act 1980. But in England, it's not a statutory right and many councils have been forced to scrap or reduce it in recent years due to funding rows. In the past two years, the Mirror reports dozens of councils have withdrawn from the scheme - with many stating they no longer have the budget for it.
This includes Stockton, Cornwall, Cambridgeshire and Northumberland, while other areas such as Nottinghamshire now only pay it to children with special educational needs. In Merseyside, Knowsley Council no longer offers the School Uniform Grant. If you don't, the Department for Education says parents may be able to apply for a reduction from their child's school, instead. School uniform grant: How to apply for a free £150 to help with uniform costs if your local council offers the scheme If your household earns less than a specified amount, or you receive certain benefits, you can claim money towards uniforms for your children For parents, school uniform is an unwelcome cost at the best of times, but you might be eligible for a grant to make it cheaper. If your household earns less than a specified amount, or you receive certain benefits, you can claim money towards uniforms for your children, depending on where you live.
Parents can apply for a one-off school uniform discount to help with expenses for the new September term. Any households that are eligible are entitled to claim as much as £150 per child ahead of the new academic year. The grant - part of the Education Act 1980 helps families on low incomes and can be used for children's stationary as well as clothing. Nottinghamshire Council now only pay it to children with special educational needs. As the funding varies for each council, it's worth checking if you are eligible to apply.
Am I eligible for the school uniform clothing grant? Some of the potential criteria includes being on housing benefit or council tax reductions, being on Universal Credit, Job Seeker's Allowance or on Child Tax Credits. Every child in Scotland from P1 to P3 receive free school meals anyway. Here, we have linked to each council's section on school uniform clothing grants: Parents across England can now apply for a £150 grant to pay for school uniforms. Applications are now open for the School Uniform Grant - which will give you up to £150 per child to pay for the clothes they need for school. Dozens of councils in England have withdrawn from the scheme, reports The Mirror, but it is worth applying to see if you can get the money. How to apply for the school uniform grant If you're on a low income and claim benefits you can now apply for the scheme if your local authority offers it. To find out if your council offers it, enter your postcode into the Gov.uk page for school uniform support page here. Once you've located your authority, you'll also be directed to other types of support you might qualify for around 'education and learning' such as travel relief, free school meals and help with childcare. The Education Act stipulates that "local authorities must make provision for the clothing of pupils that would otherwise be unable to afford schoolwear" - however, it's not compulsory in England. The amount you can claim depends on your local council's budget, however as a general rule, grants are available for people on a range of benefits including job seeker's allowance, income-related employment or support under the national asylum seekers support system (Nass). Mirror figures show in Southwark, south London, clothing grants are for children aged 11 and above only, who are moving from a primary school to a secondary state or voluntary aided school. In Hounslow, west London, the council will pay a one-off £15 per child in primary school and £60 for those in secondary school. If you live in Harringey, are eligible for free school meals and have a child that's about to enter secondary school, you may be able to apply for a one-off clothing grant of £60. Tower Hamlets, meanwhile, pays the grant for children aged 11 who are changing from primary to secondary school. And if your child is an Islington resident and is eligible for free school meals, they'll be able to claim a one-off £150 to help cover costs when they transfer to secondary school from year 6. In other areas such as Nottingham and Lancashire, the benefit is now only paid in exceptional circumstances, such as if the child has special educational needs. Sadly, some councils such as Stockton, Cornwall, Cambridgeshire and Northumberland offer no help towards school clothing cost at all. Applications for this tend to open in early July and each grant is worth £125 or £200 if the child is in year 7. In Scotland, the School Clothing Grant is now compulsory - with all councils required to offer a minimum of £100.