Charities call for action on school clothing grants

The BBC is reporting that anti-poverty campaigners are calling on the Scottish government to introduce a minimum school clothing grant.

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.

A spokeswomen said the Scottish government was launching a consultation on their Child Poverty Bill on Monday. She said the bill, to be introduced next year, would build on existing work, and form part of the government’s overall approach to tackling poverty and inequality in Scotland.

She added: “The school clothing grants provision, introduced in the Education Scotland Act 2016, will provide welcome support for families who need it most, ensuring that all children and young people have suitable clothing to enable them to learn and thrive at school.

Satwat Rehman, head of One Parent Families Scotland, added: “The cost of school uniforms is leaving many children in low income families at risk of bullying and embarrassment because they are sent to school in ill-fitting clothes or in clothes which don’t meet the dress code.

“Parents are paying hundreds of pounds for school uniforms, with many poor having to cut back on essentials in order to afford them.”

More at: Charities call for action on school clothing grants

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