New £100 minimum national school clothing grant

New £100 minimum national school clothing grant

Thousands to benefit from minimum £100 grant.

An estimated 120,000 families will benefit from a new £100 national minimum school clothing grant in Scotland as a result of partnership working between Scotland’s Local Authorities and the Scottish Government.

Thanks to over 300 parents that participated in survey for ‘School Clothing Grant Campaign’ in partnership with CPAG & Poverty Truth Commission, we met with John Swinney to highlight issues faced by parents and influenced introduction of minimum grant across Scotland.

It means for the first time all eligible families, regardless of their local authority area, will have access to the same minimum level of financial support for school clothing.

The scheme will open in time for the 2018/19 academic year with eligibility determined at a local level.

Overall annual costs are expected to reach £12 million with 50% of the cost met by additional Scottish Government funding and 50% met by individual local authorities.

The grant will be reviewed every two years to ensure that the amount available remains in line with cost of living.

See full release from Scottish Government.

Posted in Campaigning, News, Welfare Reform.

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