School uniform grants: How difficult parents can apply for up to £150 when applications are open

School uniform grants in England are worth up to £150 – but not all councils offer this support. Here’s everything you need to know about who is eligible and how much you can get

Problematic families may be eligible for school uniform assistance
Problematic families may be eligible for school uniform assistance

Parents struggling under the cost of rising bills can apply for school uniform grants worth up to £150.

Aid is provided by some councils in the UK. It is not compulsory in England which means not all local authorities offer the support.

Eligibility criteria also vary – but in general, those who apply for free school meals, have low income, or apply for benefits are eligible for assistance.

Your child’s age can also affect whether you qualify.

A school uniform costs an average of £101.19 per child in secondary school, according to a survey of retailers The Association of School Uniforms.

Here we explain how the school uniform scholarship works.

Am I Eligible for a School Uniform Scholarship?

School uniform subsidies are not a statutory requirement in England – meaning councils do not have to provide the funds.

Dozens of local authorities have also cut funding over the years, meaning parents are faced with a postcode lottery for help.

Fewer than 30 local authorities in England offered support last year, according to MoneySavingExpert.

We’ve asked the Department of Education for the latest number of local authorities in England still offering school uniform grants and we’ll update this article when we know more.

How much you can get in the form of a school uniform scholarship varies from municipality to municipality.

For example, Islington Council today told The Mirror it is still offering £150 to families where a child is moving from year 6 to secondary school (7th grade), as long as they get free school meals.

Hackney Council residents can get a school uniform stipend worth £110 if a child goes to secondary school (year 7) and their household benefits.

York City Council provides a school uniform stipend of £100 for pupils starting secondary school (7th grade) or £50 for children from 8th, 9th or 10th grade.

Last year, Sandwell Council members could get £20 for a child starting admissions, or £25 for a child in secondary school years 7-11.

Sandwell Council has not confirmed how much its grants will be worth this year but says more information will be available from July 4th.

The school uniform subsidy system is different in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, where the councils have to offer the help.

In Wales you can get up to £200 towards the cost of school uniform per child for 7th graders or £125 for reception, 3rd and 10th graders.

Scottish families are entitled to a minimum of £100 per qualifying child, although local councils can offer more.

If you live in Northern Ireland you can apply for £35.75 for a primary school student, £51 for a secondary primary/special education student under the age of 15 and £56 for a secondary primary/special education student over the age of 15.

How to Apply for a School Uniform Scholarship?

Each council has a different way for residents to apply for the grant.

Typically, you will need to fill out a form online or print a form and then email or post it.

Enter your zip code the website to find details of your local authority.

If your municipality offers a school uniform grant, you must determine whether you qualify before applying.

Deadlines vary from municipality to municipality, which is also something to keep in mind.

Applications usually open in June or July and remain open until at least the end of September.

If your local authority does not offer a school uniform scholarship, you should speak to your school to see what help they can offer.

For example, some may offer you a discount or other financial support.

Some charities also offer grants to help cover school uniform costs – although you’ll usually have low income or need to apply for benefits.

Turn2Us has one free scholarship search tool so you know what help is available to you.

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