How to apply for a £150 School Uniform Grant

Parents can apply for a one-off school uniform discount to help with expenses for the new September term.

Any households that are eligible are entitled to claim as much as £150 per child  ahead of the new academic year.

The grant – part of the Education Act 1980 helps families on low incomes and can be used for children’s stationary as well as clothing.

However it’s not a statutory duty in England,  so the available amounts tend to vary.

In recent years many councils have reduced it or scrapped it entirely – due to funding issues.

According to Mirror Money councils who have withdrawn the scheme include Stockton, Cornwall, Cambridgeshire and Northumberland.

Nottinghamshire Council now only pay it to children with special educational needs.

As the funding varies for each council, it’s worth checking if you are eligible to apply.

The Department for Education has said that parents who do not receive the grant may be able to apply for a reduction from their child’s school, instead.

A spokeswoman told Mirror Online: “Our guidance emphasises that schools should give highest priority to cost considerations.

“No school uniform should be so expensive as to leave pupils or their families feeling unable to apply to, or attend a school of their choice due to the cost of the uniform.”

Applications typically open in July, when mums, dads and parental guardians can fill in and submit a form online.

Last week Downing Street announced that every child in every year group will return to school in September.

Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “I do understand there is anxiety still among parents… we have put robust protective measures in place.”

He also added that the rule requiring children to stay two metres apart may be relaxed to allow more children into classrooms.



Who is eligible to claim for the grant?

You can apply for a maximum of three children per family and have to be earning less than £16,190 a year.

To find out if your council offers it, enter your postcode into the  Gov.uk page for school uniform support page here.

The site will also direct you other types of support you might qualify for such as travel relief, free school meals and help with childcare.

The scheme won’t be applicable if your child is enrolled at an academy as these are independently-run.

To claim the grant you must be receiving one of the following benefits:

  • Income support
  • Job seeker’s allowance (income based)
  • Child tax credit – provided you are not entitled to working tax credit
  • Employment Support allowance (ESA)
  • State pension – this benefit must be your sole source of income
  • Support under Part IV of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Universal Credit

You must also prove that you are legally responsible for the child by being able to show the payment of child benefit to your account.

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