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.
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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.”
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 Authority||Estimated number of children and young people (in each LA area)|
|Argyll and Bute||1,463|
|Dumfries and Galloway||3,374|
|Edinburgh, City of||6,821|
|Eilean Siar (Western Isles)||416|
|Perth and Kinross||1,850|
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 Authority||Additional funding for school clothing grants|
|Argyll and Bute||£155,000|
|Dumfries and Galloway||£354,000|
|Edinburgh, City of||£698,000|
|Eilean Siar (Western Isles)||£43,000|
|Perth and Kinross||£274,000|
Contact: SNP Media