MID ULSTER DUP MLA Ian McCrea has urged parents who qualify to apply for a school uniform grant.
“In the current difficult economic climate there are many families who are struggling financially to make ends meet and the costs associated with the need to purchase new school uniforms prior to the new school year will only add to the pressure many families are already experiencing,” he said.
“Grants to help with buying school uniforms for pupils in lower income families are now available from education and library boards and many families are not aware of such grants and I want to encourage them to apply if they meet the criteria.”
“The scheme covers pupils in primary, post-primary and special schools, however it does not apply to pupils in attendance at nursery schools, nursery units or reception classes.
It normally provides for one clothing allowance per pupil during the school year. assistance to the amount of primary school -£35.75; post-primary/special school under 15 - £51; post-primary/special school over 15 - £56; post-primary/special school PE - £22 and is administered by Education and Library Boards.”
“I would again encourage people who feel they may qualify for a school uniform grant to make application now.”
Application forms can be obtained by contacting your local school, social security office or the North-Eastern Education and Library Board on 028 2566 2571, 028 2566 2572, 028 2566 2573 or Southern Education Library Board at: 028 375 12200.