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New School Clothing Grant for Eligible Families in Strathkelvin and Bearsden

MSP Rona Mackay has welcomed the announcement that all councils in Scotland have agreed that all eligible families will be able to receive a grant of at least £100 to cover the cost of school uniforms.

Cosla has confirmed that all 32 local authorities have implemented an increase for school clothing grant payments to at least £100 while maintaining the eligibility criteria they had in place before the introduction of the grant.

An estimated 120,000 families are eligible for the grant, which was put in place ahead of pupils returning to school for the start of the new academic year.

The national minimum school clothing grant was agreed in May following discussions between the Scottish Government and Cosla.

Strathkelvin and Bearsden MSP, Rona Mackay, said:

“Many constituents have raised this with me in the past and asked why East Dunbartonshire Council only offered £50 per child, when we all know that school uniforms can be a considerable cost for families. I am now delighted to see that the partnership of the Scottish Government and Cosla has resulted in all councils across Scotland raising the national minimum school clothing grant to £100.

“This will help to relieve pressure for around 120,000 families, reduce costs of living and allow all children to attend school feeling comfortable, confident and ready to learn.”

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