120,000 families to benefit from new £100 national minimum school clothing grant
CPAG in Scotland is delighted to welcome the new £100 national minimum school clothing grant in Scotland. We have been campaigning with One Parent Families Scotland, the Poverty Truth Commission and others over many years for a minimum level of grant.
Currently school clothing grants vary – from £50 to £110 – depending on where families live. Now, 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 opens in time for the 2018/19 academic year with eligibility determined at a local level. The grant will be reviewed every two years to ensure that the amount available remains in line with cost of living.
John Dickie, director of the Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland, welcomed the news.
“This is great news for the thousands of families who struggle to meet the costs of school clothing on top of all the other essentials they need to budget for. £100 is now the absolute minimum grant that must be offered to families struggling on low incomes. Grants are already higher in some areas, and the actual cost of kitting out a child for school was recently calculated as £129.50. But this new £100 minimum provides a very welcome basic level of consistent support for parents, wherever they live in Scotland.”