Improved grant allows 1000s of Aberdeenshire parents to buy new school clothes

The Scottish Government is set to support 3,376 school children in Aberdeenshire with £371,000 to buy school clothes through the School Clothing Grant.

Friday, 16th July 2021, 4:06 pm
Updated Monday, 19th July 2021, 3:01 pm
The grant now offers more cash to kit out pupils ahead of the new term (pic: Getty Images)

The grant was increased this month and now provides families with primary school children with £120 per child and £150 per child in secondary school.

The support helps families pay for school clothes and shoes, applications are still open for eligible parents to apply for the start of the new school year.

Banffshire and Buchan Coast MSP Karen Adam said: “Too many families already know that meeting the costs of buying school clothes can be very challenging, that’s why the Scottish Government has introduced the School Clothing Grant to ensure no child in Scotland misses out.

“For me, this is another demonstration of our tale of two governments. Our government in Edinburgh builds a social security system built on dignity, fairness and respect. Whereas the government in Westminster is preparing to cut Universal Credit, which could plunge 20,000 children in Scotland into poverty.”

Meanwhile, fees for children learning a musical instrument at school will be removed thanks to more than £7m funding from the Scottish Government.

Councils will also receive £6m to waive core curriculum charges which can be levied on families for things including materials for home economics or theatre trips associated with drama qualifications.

The agreement with COSLA covers the 2021-22 academic year and marks the delivery of two further commitments for the first 100 days of this Government.

Ms Adam said: “This welcome announcement means that so many more families across Scotland will now be in the position to offer their children the opportunity to learn invaluable new lifelong skills.

“Core activities such as music, art and drama are linked to supporting our long-term goal of achieving a wellbeing economy, especially because of the transformative effect these can have on the positive development of young people.

“This is something I had been a massive advocate for in my role as a councillor, and why I am delighted to support it now as an MSP.”