Countering Tory austerity: 145 000 school children to benefit from SNP clothing grant

Glasgow families to get £120 grant to help with school uniforms - Glasgow  Live
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I’ve written at some length over the years about the SNP Government’s achievements with progressive policies on taxation and benefits, to counter Tory austerity and, within the constraints of the devolution settlement, make this a less unequal society.

You can see them again at: https://talkingupscotlandtwo.com/?s=progressive

Today from SNP Media:

At least 145,000 school children across Scotland are set to benefit from an increase in the School Clothing Grant announced by the SNP Scottish Government.

Research from the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) estimates that the £11.8million investment from the Scottish Government in the support means more families will have access to support to pay for school clothes and shoes.

Eligible families will receive the increased annual grant of £120 for every primary school pupil and £150 for every secondary pupil.

Commenting, SNP MSP Natalie Don said:

“Already the SNP Scottish Government has helped thousands of low-income families across Scotland through progressive policies including the Best Start Grants, Best Start Foods, Scottish Child Payment and with help with costs of school. This includes Free School Meals and the School Clothing Grant which helps families with costs of buying school clothes and shoes.

“Meeting the costs of buying school clothes can be very challenging for thousands of families and the SNP Scottish Government has increased the School Clothing Grant to ensure every child in Scotland doesn’t miss out.

“This is another demonstration of the difference between two governments as the one in Edinburgh builds a fairer more equal society whilst the Tory government in Westminster is preparing to cut Universal Credit, which could plunge 20,000 children in Scotland into poverty.”
 
Notes

The figures are based on the below research from SPICe, based on the 5th July. We may see an increase in the number of people eligible as we have seen an increase in those on social security that will qualify.
The number of children and young people whom we estimate will benefit from the minimum school clothing grant, broken down by local authority area, is provided within the following table:
 

Local AuthorityEstimated number of children and young people (in each LA area)
  
Aberdeen City3,471
Aberdeenshire3,376
Angus2,473
Argyll and Bute1,463
Clackmannanshire1,349
Dumfries and Galloway3,374
Dundee City6,045
East Ayrshire4,167
East Dunbartonshire2,014
East Lothian1,682
East Renfrewshire1,714
Edinburgh, City of6,821
Eilean Siar (Western Isles)416
Falkirk4,678
Fife11,882
Glasgow City28,464
Highland4,333
Inverclyde3,114
Midlothian2,018
Moray1,434
North Ayrshire5,186
North Lanarkshire10,234
Orkney Islands227
Perth and Kinross1,850
Renfrewshire5,498
Scottish Borders2,220
Shetland Islands309
South Ayrshire2,926
South Lanarkshire10,622
Stirling1,692
West Dunbartonshire3,530
West Lothian6,498
  
SCOTLAND145,080


The funding allocation of the £11.8 million in additional funding for the school clothing grant, broken down by local authority area, is provided within the following table:
 

Local AuthorityAdditional funding for school clothing grants
  
Aberdeen City£351,000
Aberdeenshire£371,000
Angus£239,000
Argyll and Bute£155,000
Clackmannanshire£136,000
Dumfries and Galloway£354,000
Dundee City£357,000
East Ayrshire£334,000
East Dunbartonshire£146,000
East Lothian£218,000
East Renfrewshire£147,000
Edinburgh, City of£698,000
Eilean Siar (Western Isles)£43,000
Falkirk£363,000
Fife£935,000
Glasgow City£1,940,000
Highland£469,000
Inverclyde£161,000
Midlothian£191,000
Moray£187,000
North Ayrshire£379,000
North Lanarkshire£929,000
Orkney Islands£40,000
Perth and Kinross£274,000
Renfrewshire£363,000
Scottish Borders£245,000
Shetland Islands£29,000
South Ayrshire£237,000
South Lanarkshire£678,000
Stirling£161,000
West Dunbartonshire£234,000
West Lothian£436,000
  
SCOTLAND£11,800,000


Contact: SNP Media 

4 thoughts on “Countering Tory austerity: 145 000 school children to benefit from SNP clothing grant

  1. These lists should be sent to every Scottish Unionist MP and MSP and asked if they agree with this decision .
    A similar list indicating all those families losing their £20 ‘top-up’ Universal Credit payment should be sent to every Scottish Unionist MP and MSP and asked if they support the Westminster decision .
    People in Scotland need to know on which side of the ‘Poverty line’ these politicians stand .

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  2. The following was written by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRT) – the charity that researches and campaigns to tackle poverty in the UK – in 2019:

    “The Scottish Government’s decisive and compassionate move to bring in the new Scottish Child Payment is the lifeline children and their families need, and is a BEACON OF PROGRESSIVE POLICY for the rest of the UK’

    ‘This rightly has been LAUDED AS A LANDMARK MOMENT and the MOST PROGRESSIVE POLICY BROUGHT IN SINCE DEVOLUTION 20 years ago. We’ve now seen the Scottish Government decisively put words into action and we believe this will be a foundational step in turning the tide on child poverty in Scotland. Once fully rolled out, over 400,000 children will benefit, and 30,000 children could be freed from poverty.’ (my emphasis)

    The JRT offers this context: ‘Poverty in Scotland is rising and WE KNOW MUCH OF THIS IS DUE TO A REDUCTION IN THE LEVEL OF SUPPORT MANY PEOPLE ARE GETTING FROM THE UK SOCIAL SECURITY SYSTEM.’

    Source: https://www.jrf.org.uk/blog/scottish-child-payment-will-turn-tide-child-poverty

    (These statements from the JRT were written BEFORE the Scottish Government announced its intention to double the Scottish Child Payment!)

    However, as I noted this here btl recently:

    Chris Birt, deputy director for Scotland at the JRT was reported in an STV online news article (14 July) discussing the impact of the Tory Government’s decision to cut Universal Credit. Birt states: “If this cut to Universal Credit goes ahead in October, ALL THE PROMISED DOUBLING OF THE SCOTTISH CHILD PAYMENT WILL ACHIEVE IS TO REVERSE THE EFFECTS OF THIS DAMAGING CUT.”

    So, based on these two sets of JRT statements we have this situation in Scotland:
    (i) a problem of poverty which was caused largely by the social policies of a Westminster government that a majority in Scotland haven’t voted for;

    (ii) a ’decisive and progressive’, lauded policy introduced to address this problem of poverty by a Scottish government we in Scotland did vote for; but now

    (iii) the policy solution implemented of the Government we did vote for is being undermined directly by the action by the Westminster government we didn’t vote for!

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    1. Thanks for this. I’ll remember this for the next time somebody says “But we’d be worse off if it wasn’t for The Union”.

      I’m starting a list of facts that I can preface with “Mm. I used to think that – which is why I eventually voted No in 2014. But…”

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