School Uniforms can be a very costly expense, however parents and guardians on low incomes in England may be able to get a School Uniform Grant up to £150 to help with the costs. The amount of money offered to help clothe children through education years varies depending on where you live.
Thankfully since 29th April 2021 the government has introduced a new law to make school uniform more affordable for families.
What is a school uniform grant?
Local authorities have the ability to provide financial aid to parents and guardians on low incomes to help them with purchasing school uniforms and PE kits under the Education Act 1990. However not all councils offer this grant due to differing budgets. Therefore you will need to check with your local council.
Unfortunately for my fellow islanders, the Isle of Wight Council doesn’t offer the school uniform grant. There are however many ways you can cut the cost of your back to school shopping. Have a look at my 32 Back to School money saving shopping tips to save you lots of money when shopping for school uniform.
You are able to check on the government website whether your local council offers help with school clothing costs.
Are you eligible for financial help?
If your local authority offers the School Uniform Grant, generally people are eligible if they claim one of these benefits:
- Universal Credit
- Jokseeker’s Allowance (based on income)
- Child Tax Credits (If you are not entitled to Working Tax Credits)
- If your child qualifies for free school meals
- Income Support
- Employment Support Allowance (ESA)
- State Pension (If this is your only income)
Other ways to save money on back to school items
I’ve written a post with 32 Back to School money saving shopping tips to help you cut the cost of school uniform, stationary, music instruments, name labels etc.