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Cumbrian parents can now apply for school clothing grants

Thousands of parents throughout Cumbria will be able to apply for a new school clothing grant from today.

The grants are making a comeback as part of Cumbria County Council’s commitment to reducing childhood poverty and in an attempt to help families out during the current recession.

Grants will be worth £25 per year for primary-aged pupils and £35 for secondary school pupils. They are automatically available to any child who is entitled to a free school meal.

There are currently more than 4,000 primary and 2,500 secondary school pupils who receive school meals.

Parents will only need to make a single application and provide proof of entitlement once.

Free school meal application forms have been redesigned to include details of the clothing grant system too.

This means parents who can provide proof that they are claiming income support, job seekers allowance, child tax credit (but not working tax credit), support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 or guarantee element of state pension credit will be able to get both free school meals and the school clothing grant simultaneously.

The county council has allocated £293,000 for the grant in its budget for 2009-10 and £275,000 for the following two years. Letters are being sent to parents already receiving free school meals to alert them to the clothing grant eligibility.

All new primary and secondary school parents or guardians will also receive letters via their schools with full details about eligibility and how to apply.

Information and posters are also going to be put up in schools.

Those seeking help and advice can contact the council’s children and families information service on 08457 125 737 or email

Have your say

How dare Kasey and red white and blue say that people just sit at home and breed. Some people try and try to get jobs and cannot. I think the system is great as it helps people with money towards school unforms. Kasey and red white and blue just need to shut up and stop moaning!!!!

Posted by C Armstrong on 30 July 2010 at 14:44

why do dolies get everything handed to them on a plate both me and my hubby work to feed and clothe our kids whilst these folk sit at home and breed to get more benifits they already get fed for free it should be free for all and everyone should get a uniform allowence this country is a total sham right now

Posted by kasey on 4 June 2009 at 22:03

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