Are you eligible for school cost help ?

As a parent, you may be entitled to certain types of financial help, depending on your financial circumstances. If you are on certain benefits or in a certain situation there are many costs you should be aware of that you can get help for. I have wrote a guide to help parents. Please be aware this guide only applies to Scotland.

Examples of financial help include:
  • free school meals
  • school milk
  • school clothing
  • school transport
  • visiting a pupil at a maintained special school.
The Clothing Allowance Scheme covers pupils in primary, post-primary and special schools. It does not apply to pupils in attendance at nursery schools.

The level of assistance is as follows:
  • primary school - £35.75
  • post-primary/special school under 15 - £51
  • post-primary/special school over 15 - £56
  • post-primary/special school PE - £22
Only one clothing allowance per pupil will normally be paid during the school year. Always ask about the PE kit allowance sometimes it wont be paid if you don't ask.

Your clothing grant payment will be paid directly into your bank or building society account by an electronic transfer. The payment is payable to the child's legal guardian. Only one Clothing Grant can be paid per child per school session August to June

The closing date for Clothing Grant Applications is 31 March 2016. Applications received after 31 March 2016 will NOT be processed.  An application form will become available in June each year for the next school session beginning in August.

You can find your application forms on your local councils website or you can ask at your child's school reception desk.

EMA- allowance is valid for all 16 and overs in education.
Students who are 16 before 1 June and who are eligible to apply for an Education Maintenance Allowance will NOT be entitled to a Clothing Grant for the next session beginning in August. However they may be entitled to Free School Meals.
An Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA) is a weekly allowance payable to eligible students who have achieved 100% attendance each week at school. It is payable on a 2 weekly basis.
If you are 16 to 19 years old an attend college you are also eligible for an EMA, you can get advice at your colleges bursary office.

School travel support
Your child is entitled to free school transport if he/she:     
  • attends the catchment primary school and your home address is more than 1.2 miles away by the recognised safe shortest walking route
  • attends the catchment secondary school and your home address is more than 2.2 miles away by the recognised safe shortest walking route
  • has been assessed to attend specialist provision to meet the requirements of his or her additional support needs (ASL)
  • would have to walk a route to school which our Road Safety Officers consider unsuitable
  • has been recommended for free school transport on medical grounds.
Travel options you can receive
Bus passes which children use on local bus services
Rail passes which children use on local train services
Underground passes
Dedicated school bus (service solely for pupils)
Taxis or private hire cars
The council's own transport

Remember even if you child doesn't have a disability or health condition that doesn't mean that they are not entitled to a train or bus pass, if the route is considered unsafe or too far for your child you are entitled to this.

Free school meals
Students who are eligible for Free School Meals are given the cash equivalent of £1.70 per day to spend on a meal.
You can claim free school lunches for your children if you are receiving:
  • Income Support (IS)
  • Income-based Job Seeker's Allowance (JSA)
  • Any income related element of Employment and Support Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit (CTC), but not Working Tax Credit, and your income is less than £16,105
  • Both maximum Child Tax Credit and maximum Working Tax Credit and your income is under £6,420
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • Universal Credit

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