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New School Clothing Grant to help Hull’s low-income families with cost-of-living crisis

Hull City Council is introducing a School Clothing Grant to alleviate some of the pressures on Hull parents and carers during the cost-of-living crisis.

Families in receipt of Free School Meals with children entering Year 7 will be allocated the £40 grant on 23 October 2023.

Around 1,100 pupils are set to benefit from this new grant.

The grant will be paid via vouchers in the same way as the existing holiday voucher scheme.

It will be funded from the council’s Household Support Fund.

The council will work in partnership with the city’s secondary settings to distribute the grant funding to eligible parents and carers before October 2023 half term. There will therefore be no need to contact the council or school, as the funds will be distributed to households directly.

Councillor Linda Tock, the portfolio holder for Children’s Services said: “We have been exploring how we can support Hull families with the cost of school uniforms during these financially difficult times. I’m pleased to say we will be able to now offer an annual grant to some of those households that struggle the most.

“We hope this grant will offer some relief to families struggling with rising costs.

“We know this grant will only stretch so far and we want to be able to go further. This is why we will also be writing to the government, urging them to provide additional funding to local authorities to support the provision of school uniforms for children from low-income families.”

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