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Education - grants- school clothing grants/vouchers

The award of clothing grants or vouchers to assist with the cost of school clothing for families who are on benefits or on low income.

Q: What benefits can I get for my child to assist them attend school?  
You may be eligible for an education maintenance allowance, free school meals, free school transport, disabled student allowance, a school clothing allowance and, for students who wish to stay on for 6th year at secondary school, there is also access grant funding available.

Q: Can I apply for a school clothing and footwear grant if I am in receipt of Child Tax Credit?  
If you receive Child Tax Credit only and your annual income is less than £14,155 as assessed by the Inland Revenue, then yes, you will be eligible for a school clothing and footwear grant. You need to send a copy of your tax credit award letter with your application.

Q: Can I apply for a school clothing and footwear grant if I am in receipt or Working Families Tax Credit?  
For applicants in receipt of Working Tax Credit to qualify for a clothing grant, your gross annual income must be less than £15,050, as calculated by the Inland Revenue, and as shown on your award letter. You need to send a copy of your tax credit award letter with your application.

Q: How can I apply for a school clothing grant?  
An application form is available to download from the following web page. Forms can also be obtained from schools and Comhairle Area Offices.

Q: How long does it take for an application for a clothing grant to be processed?  
Your application for a clothing grant will usually take around 2 - 3 weeks to process after proof of entitlement has been shown.

Q: How much will I receive if I am eligible for a clothing grant?  
Awards for school clothing are: 5-8 years - £50; 9-12 years - £55; 13-14 years - £60; 15-18 - £65

Q: How often can I apply for a school clothing grant?  
You can apply or a school clothing and footwear grant once in any financial year, i.e. once between 1 April and 31 March.

Q: How will I be paid the money for the school clothing grant?  
Payments are made by cheque.

Q: What documents do I need to show to prove I qualify for a school footwear and clothing grant?  
When applying for a footwear and clothing grant you will need to show proof of benefit received as stated in the application form.

Q: Who is eligible for a school clothing grant ?  
If you receive Income Support or Income-Based Jobseekers Allowance, Child Tax Credit or Working Tax Credit, and your child is under the age of sixteen and attends a primary or secondary school, you may be eligible for a school clothing and footwear grant.

 

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