School clothing grants - who qualifies?

Could you get help to pay for school clothing?

School clothing grants are payments made by the Council to help parents and carers to ensure that their child has proper clothing for school (e.g. uniform and sports kit). School Clothing Grants are £100 for both Primary and Secondary pupils.

How do you get a School Clothing Grant?

On 1 June 2019 the qualifying criteria to receive a grant changed. Parents who receive any of the following benefits will qualify for a school clothing grant:

  • Income Support
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Employment and Support Allowance (income related)
  • Child Tax Credit but NOT Working Tax Credit with an annual income less than £16,105
  • Child Tax Credit AND Working Tax Credit with an annual income less than £6,900
  • Universal Credit - where your monthly take home pay does not exceed 610

Exceptional circumstances

If you do not receive any of the qualifying benefits, you may still qualify under execeptional circumstances of financial harship. A Officer from the Education Department will assess your claim.

How old must your child be to qualify?

You can apply for clothing grants for pupils between Primary 1 and school leaving age.

Will you be eligible for other help?

If you are eligible for school clothing grants, you will also be entitled to free school meals. You will be asked to apply for free school meals on the same form that you fill in for your clothing grant.

If your child goes to school outside East Lothian

We provide this service for pupils who are living in East Lothian and attending an East Lothian Council school.

However, where a child has severe and complex needs (e.g. a severe physical disability) which means that he or she has to be educated outside East Lothian, you may be able to receive the grant if you would otherwise be eligible - that is, if you receive the correct benefits.