All Scottish councils will offer £100 uniform grant

All 32 Scottish councils have agreed to offer a minimum uniform grant of £100 to eligible families. Previously some councils offered £50 or less.

The news comes after all councils agreed to follow an agreement with the Scottish Government to increase clothing grants to at least £100 for the start of the 2018/19 academic year.

It’s estimated that 120,000 families across the country are eligible for the grant which is paid in vouchers for shops or cash.

Eligibility varies from council to council but those on Income Support, Universal Credit or people with children eligible for free school lunches are typically included.

The eligibility criteria has remained the same while the minimum grant amount has increased. The new national minimum grant was agreed in May between the Scottish Government and council umbrella body Cosla.

It is estimated by The Children’s Society that uniform costs come in at more than £300 a year for secondary students. This also includes the cost of shoes, bags, coats and blazers.

Find out if your are eligible for funding through your local council’s website.

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