Scottish School Clothing Grant Campaign
The 1980 Education Act specifies that local authorities must make provision for the clothing of pupils who would otherwise be unable to afford school wear. At present local authorities are responsible for deciding the eligibility criteria, the grant amount and application process. CPAG, Poverty Truth Commission and OPFS believe the amounts set are not enough to adequately clothe children for school, leaving families on low income struggling to get by. We believe that there should be a statutory duty on local authorities and a minimum amount of school clothing grant established in statute to make progress towards a more realistic contribution towards the cost of school clothing.
The school clothing grant is a lifeline for many low income parents in Scotland. While parents on the lowest income can receive some help by way of a school clothing grant from their local authority, in many areas the grant available is nowhere near enough to cover even the most basic items. The grant offered by local authorities can vary widely from £20 to £110 (Appendix 1 of the briefing). Through our consultations with parents we know that thousands of families across Scotland are struggling to afford the clothes, shoes, bags and kit their children need to go to school.
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