Struggling parents can apply for financial support for their children’s school uniforms. Many councils across the UK are offering school uniform grants worth up to £150. This may not apply to you but please share with friends and family that may be struggling.
Who is eligible?
The criteria to be eligible varies from area to area but generally speaking those who are on low incomes, and claim free school meals or benefits will likely qualify for additional support. – as long as it’s offered by your council.
In some cases, financial support will depend on your child’s age or what type of school they are attending.
The deadline to apply for a grant in England will vary depending on the council, so it’s best to check out your local authority’s website.
If you live in England
In England, not every council offers a school uniform grant. Your best to find out if your local authority does by using the government’s finder tool. If your local council doesn’t offer any support, you can always ask your child’s school directly.
If you live in Wales
In Wales, the “Pupil Development Grant” is funded by the government and then allocated by local councils. Find out more here https://gov.wales/pupil-development-grant-access
If you live in Northern Ireland
In Northern Ireland, likewise, the funding comes centrally, from the Education Authority. Find out more here https://www.eani.org.uk/financial-help/free-school-meals-uniform-grants/apply-for-free-school-meals-uniform-grants
If you live in Scotland
In Scotland, households can get help with school clothing and shoes and you must apply through your local council. Find out more here https://www.mygov.scot/clothing-grants