Families face postcode lottery over help with cost of school uniform, figures reveal

Fewer than one-fifth of councils in England choose to run school uniform grants for low-income families, Zoe Tidman reports

Zoe Tidman
Saturday 04 December 2021 08:18
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<p>Less than one in five England councils offer bursaries to help low-income families manage costs </p>

Less than one in five England councils offer bursaries to help low-income families manage costs

Struggling families are facing a postcode lottery over whether they can get financial help for school uniform costs from their local council, new figures reveal.

Less than a fifth of councils in England choose to offer school uniform grants for low-income families, Freedom of Information (FOI) responses seen by The Independent show.

The general secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) Geoff Barton said his union was “not surprised” by the findings, given government funding cuts over the past decade.

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