Press: Anti-poverty campaigners call for a minimum school clothing grant
From Monday CPAG in Scotland, the Poverty Truth Commission and One Parent Families Scotland (OPFS) will take to social media asking parents to share their views on what it really costs to get a child suited, booted and ready to return to school. They are also asking parents to write to their MSPs, highlighting the need for a minimum school clothing grant for the whole of Scotland.
For parents across Scotland the last week of the summer holidays can be a fraught time, according to the anti-poverty campaigners. As well as the usual worries about childcare and keeping the children entertained, many parents are struggling to cover the cost of school uniform and other essential items such as school bags, shoes, stationary and sports equipment.
Research suggests that clothing a child for school can cost up to £129.50 – even when shopping at supermarkets and bargain stores.
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 grants vary hugely from one area to the next, ranging from just £20 in Angus to £110 in West Lothian. See full Press Release below: