Did you know that you could get help towards the cost of school uniform and PE kit? Take a look at how.
Whether you live in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland or Wales, you may be able to receive a grant to help towards the cost of a school uniform or sports gear. Who is eligible and how much you can claim depends on where you live and your individual circumstances… After all, why make claiming easy? Below is a few examples of how much you may be able to claim with some handy links.
Residents in Wales can receive £125 for school uniform, equipment, sports kit and kit for activities outside of school (also known as the Pupil Development Grant). However, the grant is £200 for pupils entering year 7 due to the increased costs associated with starting secondary school. Even if you have already bought the kit, some councils (such as Caerphilly) will allow you to claim back the costs.
As an example of those who qualify (taken from the Cardiff site):
• Reception class or Year 3 of a maintained primary school
• Year 7 or Year 10 of a maintained secondary school
• In Reception, Year 3, Year 7, Year 10 or equivalent in a special school, special needs resource base or a pupil referral unit.
The parent/guardian making the application must be receiving one of the following:
• Income Support
• Job Seekers Allowance (income based)
• Employment Support Allowance (income related)
• Child Tax Credit, with a household income of £16,190 or less
• Pension Credit (guarantee element)
• Universal Credit with net household earnings of less than £7400
In Scotland, the financial help is called the School Clothing Grant and you will receive a minimum of £100. If you can apply depends on the criteria set by your local council.
As an example, residents of Glasgow can claim £110 if you receive any of the following benefits:
- Income Support
- Income-based Job Seeker’s Allowance (JSA)
- Any income related element of Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
- Child Tax Credit (CTC) with an annual income of less than £16,105
- Working Tax Credit (WTC) with an annual income of less than £15050
- Both maximum Child Tax Credit and maximum Working Tax Credit and your annual income is under £6,900
- Universal Credit (UC), and your monthly income is not more than £610
- Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Reduction (this is not Council Tax single person’s discount)
In Northern Ireland the grants are known as the Clothing Allowance Scheme. The eligible criteria for a uniform grant are similar to qualifying for free school meals.
A uniform grant can pay:
- £35.75 for a primary school pupil
- £51 for a post-primary/special school pupil under 15 years old
- £56 for a post-primary/special school pupil over 15 years old
- £22 for a post-primary/special school pupil physical education kit
A school pupil can usually only get one clothing allowance during the school year.
Help for clothing costs really depends on your Local Education Authority. My LEA (Kent) offers absolutely no help whatsoever. In fact, when I searched through several council sites, none were currently providing assistance. However, visit the link below and type in your postcode to see if you qualify.
Please note that all the information above was correct at the time of me publishing this post. Councils are constantly changing their criteria, so even if there is no grant available now, it is worth checking back every few months.
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