School Clothing Grants
A big thank-you to the 343 parents throughout Scotland that completed the School Clothing Grant Campaign survey about school clothing grants, and cost of uniforms. OPFS are running this campaign in partnership with CPAG and Poverty Truth Commission. Key results were;
- 83% of parents have found it difficult to afford all the uniform requirements at least once
- Over 1/3 of single parent families find it difficult to afford uniform most years, compared to 1/5 of two parent families
- Over half (58%) of parents had to borrow money to buy school uniforms
- ¼ were unable to buy full uniform
- 1/5 of parents were late paying rent or other essential payment to pay for uniform
- 1/4 of parents don’t apply or know if eligible for school clothing grant
- More than ¾ of parents are spending more on Secondary school
- 3/4 of parents have experienced pressure from additional costs
- More than 4/5 don’t think the school grant amount for their area is sufficient.
- 9/10 believe that a higher clothing grant should be given to secondary school pupils
All pupils in Primary 1 to Primary 3 are automatically entitled to free school meals. Even if you are in paid work you might be entitled to a clothing grant and/or free school meals for your school children, check entitlement and apply online via your local authorities website.