Sunday, 7 August 2016

Call for minimum school clothing grant

"Anti-poverty campaigners are calling on the Scottish government to introduce a minimum school clothing grant."

"Currently the amount parents on low incomes receive to buy uniforms is at the discretion of individual councils. A study by BBC Scotland last year found parents in Angus were offered just £20, while those in West Lothian received £110."

"The Scottish government said the deputy first minister would meet with local authorities to discuss a minimum grant."

"Figures taken from a forthcoming publication produced by Glasgow Centre for Population Health suggested the cost of providing a school uniform for children in Scotland was about £129."

"Ahead of pupils returning to school after the summer holidays, charities - the Child Poverty Action Group, the Poverty Truth Commission and One Parent Families Scotland - said they wanted parents to take to social media to share their views on the true cost of clothing a child for school."

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