UK news School uniform grant to increase by a fifth to help low income families in Northern Ireland last news

PremierLeague-News.Com - A £1 million investment is to be made to increase Northern Ireland’s school uniform grant by 20%, with the aim of helping low income families.

UK news School uniform grant to increase by a fifth to help low income families in Northern Ireland last news

PremierLeague-News.Com - A £1 million investment is to be made to increase Northern Ireland’s school uniform grant by 20%, with the aim of helping low income families.

UK news  School uniform grant to increase by a fifth to help low income families in Northern Ireland last news
20 June 2022 - 13:00

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! "A £1 million investment is to be made to increase Northern Ireland’s school uniform grant by 20%, with the aim of helping low income families. Announcing details of the grant on Monday, the education minister said it is designed to assist families in need with a contribution towards the cost of purchasing school uniforms.Last year, Stormont’s Education Committee was told that 32% of local families get into debt to pay for uniforms, which, according to research, can cost up to £900 depending on the school.Education minister Michelle McIlveen said: “The cost of purchasing school uniforms can place significant financial strain on low income families. My department is currently undertaking a review of free school meals and the uniform grant."In the interim, in light of the cost of living crisis, I am allocating an additional £1.04 million to increase the uniform grant available this year to provide additional support to parents.

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. Every effort should be made to ensure school uniforms are as affordable as possible, in line with my department’s guidance on this issue.”The allowance is aimed to aid towards the cost of specific items of school uniforms and clothing for PE for pupils at primary, post-primary and day pupils at special schools.The uniform grant will be increased for all applications for the incoming 2022/23 academic year.Last year, a campaign group – the Parent Engagement Group – called for the Department of Education to look at the uniform grant and eligibility for it. They also urged the department to implement statutory powers around uniform guidance, which is the case in Wales.In 2019, the Welsh Assembly made guidance statutory, meaning all schools in the country have to make reasonable attempts to keep the cost of uniforms as low as possible." ,"isAccessibleForFree": "True" }

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