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School Clothing Grants

The Education (Scotland) Act 1980 gives the education authority a duty to make provision for the clothing of pupils who would, otherwise, be unable to take full advantage of the education provided at schools under its management.

West Lothian children, five years of age and over, who are awaiting a school place and pupils placed at special education provision outwith the authority are also West Lothian Council's responsibility.

Academic Year 2014/2015

pdf icon Application forms for the 2014/2015 academic year [118kb] can be accepted from 01 May 2014 onwards. If you are applying using Tax Credits as your qualifying benefit, then you must be able to provide a Tax Credit Award Notice detailing payment starting on 06 April 2014.

Families in receipt of Income Support, Income-based Jobseekers' Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance - Income Related, or Working Tax Credit (WTC) or Child Tax Credit (CTC) (with an annual income of £16,010 or less) who submit a completed application form automatically receive a clothing grant for each pupil of school age.   The current grants are £94 for each primary school aged pupil and £110 for pupils of secondary school age.

Pupils staying on at school beyond school-leaving age are deemed to have any requirement for assistance with clothing met by way of an Education Maintenance Allowance and are not provided with clothing grants.

Can I apply for a school clothing grant if I am in receipt of Child Tax Credit?

If you receive Child Tax Credit and your annual income is less than £16,010 as assessed by HM Revenue & Customs, then yes, you will be eligible for a school clothing grant. You need to send a copy of your tax credit award notice with your application.

Can I apply for a school clothing grant if I am in receipt of Tax Credits?

For applicants in receipt of Working Tax Credit and/or Child Tax Credit, to qualify for a clothing grant, your gross annual income must be less than £16,010 as calculated by HM Revenue & Customs, and as shown on your award notice. You need to send a copy of your tax credit award letter with your application.

How much will I receive if I am eligible for a clothing grant?

The school clothing grant is £110 for each child of secondary school age and £94 for each child of primary school age at the start of the school session in August.

How often can I apply for a school clothing grant?

You can apply for a school clothing grant once in an academic year, i.e. once between 1 May and end of June. You can apply after 01 May every year, but if using Tax Credits as your qualifying benefit, you must be able to produce a new Tax Credit Award Notice.

What benefits can I get for my child to assist them attend school?

You may be eligible for an education maintenance allowance, free school meals, free school transport or a school clothing grant.

What documents do I need to show to prove I qualify for a school clothing grant?

When applying for a school clothing grant you will need to show proof of benefit received as stated in the application form.

Who is eligible for a school clothing grant?

If you receive: Income Support, Income-Based Jobseekers Allowance, any income related element of Employment and Support Allowance, University Credit, Working Tax Credit and/or Child Tax Credit (with a household income of less than £16,010), and your child is under the age of sixteen and attends a primary or secondary school, you may be eligible for a school clothing grant.