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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.

Academic Year 2018/2019

Applications for the 2018/2019 academic year can be accepted from 11th June 2018, and applications were sent home via schoolbags from 11th June 2018.  Parents/carers received a Group Call text message around about this time alerting them to this fact .  Please ensure that your child's school has your most up to date mobile number.

Application forms will also be available to collect from schools, libraries and council offices.

Children attending a West Lothian school from P1 to P7 and S1 to S4 (also students in S5 with a date of birth between 1/10/2002 and 28/2/2003) may be entitled to a School Clothing Grant. Pupils placed by West Lothian Council at special education provision outwith the authority are also West Lothian Council's responsibility.

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 £16,105 or less) can receive a clothing grant for each pupil of school age.   Applicants can also apply if they are in receipt of Universal Credit where "take-home pay" does not exceed £1342.

The current grants are £125 for each primary school aged pupil and £135 for pupils of secondary school age.  We aim to process an application within 10 working days.

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 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 £16,105 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 £135 for each child of secondary school age and £125 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. You can apply after 01 June every year, but if using Tax Credits as your qualifying benefit, you must be able to produce a new Tax Credit Award Notice or Tax Credit Annual Review.

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

You may be eligible for 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 provide proof of benefit received as stated in the application form.  If sending documents, please send photocopies only as we are not able to return them.

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, Universal Credit with "take-home pay" not exceeding £1342 per month, Working Tax Credit and/or Child Tax Credit (with a household income of less than £16,105), 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.