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A Guide to School Uniform Grants

05 August 2022
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School Uniform Grants: People with children always face a daunting time in autumn when it’s time to buy the new school uniforms: kids grow every year and their uniforms need replacing with each school year: sometimes they are redesigned and need updating. All of this leaves parents and guardians with a hefty bill.

Luckily, there are School Uniform Grants available throughout the UK in 2022, so here’s our guide to those available now.

ENGLAND

It seems that each authority is different – some offer help directly, others suggest parents/carers contact their school. According to an article in the Birmingham Mail in England, the School Uniform Grant is not a statutory right and has been the victim of cuts to funding over recent years. It’s a classic example of a postcode lottery.

Where it is available, to be eligible you have to be earning less than £16,190 a year or on certain benefits including job seeker’s allowance, income support, child tax credit, state pension or universal credit, ESA or Support under Part IV of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.

HOW TO FIND OUT IF YOU CAN GET THE GRANT:

Click here and search for your local authority by putting in your postcode.

York City Council, by way of example, say: “You don’t need to apply for assistance with school uniform, as we identify pupils who are eligible for this in June each year.”

Uniform Assistance Grant vouchers are issued to eligible pupils with eligibility based on those who are entitled to receive free school meals at non-academy schools: it only covers Years 7-10 with a £100 voucher for Year 7, and a £50 voucher for Years 8, 9 & 10.

The Sun approached 148 councils in England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland, and 52 responded:

The amount they are offering ranged from £62 to £150. One of the councils offering £150 is Greenwich Borough Council, in London, and you will get a grant if you currently receive a qualifying benefit.

Other parts of the UK

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