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.
School Clothing Grants - Academic Year 2013/2014
Application forms for the 2013/2014 academic year can be accepted from 01 May 2013 onwards. Application forms can be downloaded using the "online tools" menu to the right of this text. If you are applying using Tax Credits are your qualifying benefit, then you must be able to provide a Tax Credit Award Notice detailing payment starting on 06 April 2013.
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 £15,910 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
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If you receive Child Tax Credit and your annual income is less than £15,910 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.
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 £15,910 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.
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.
You can apply for a school clothing grant once in an academic year, i.e. once between 1 May and 31 March. 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.
You may be eligible for an education maintenance allowance, free school meals, free school transport or 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.
If you receive: Income Support, Income-Based Jobseekers Allowance, any income related element of Employment and Support Allowance, Universal Credit, Working Tax Credit and/or Child Tax Credit (with a household income less than £15,910), 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.