Education Minister John O’Dowd is encouraging parents of eligible children to apply for school uniform grants.
The Clothing Allowance Scheme covers pupils in primary, post-primary and special schools. The eligibility criteria are similar to those used for free school meals. Parents can obtain further information, check eligibility criteria and apply through their local Education and Library Board.
The Minister said: “We are now into August and parents and pupils will no doubt be planning for the start of the next school year which may include the purchase of new school uniforms. However, in this time of economic hardship, the cost of buying uniforms can be a struggle for many families.
“Through the Clothing Allowance Scheme, or school uniform grant, as it is also known, my Department provides much needed support to low income families to assist with the costs of school uniforms. The eligibility criteria for clothing allowances are similar to those used for free school meals and seeks to target families who are on benefits or on low incomes.”
“I am pleased to advise that my Department provides approximately £4.3million per annum to support families with school uniform costs. This has enabled around 75,000 pupils here to benefit from the school uniform grant.
“Parents who think they may be eligible should contact their local Education and Library Board who will be able to provide additional information and advice as well as an application form. Further information is also available on the nidirect website at http://www.nidirect.gov.uk/
“I would encourage anyone who thinks they may be entitled to this valuable allowance to seek further information from their local Board.”
* primary school – £35.75
* post-primary/special school under £15-£51
* post-primary/special school over £15-£56
* post-primary/special school PE – £22.
Only one clothing allowance per pupil will normally be paid during the school year.
Additional information including eligibility criteria and application forms are available at :
* Belfast Education and Library Board – 028 9056 4239 or 028 9056 4241
* South-Eastern Education and Library Board – 028 9056 6319
* Southern Education and Library Board – 028 3751 2523