Northern Ireland school uniform grant to be increased by 20% to support low-income families

The NI school uniform grant will be increased by 20% to help low-income families.

Education Minister Michelle McIlveen announced the grant on Monday to help families in need by contributing to the cost of purchasing school uniforms.

Announcing the additional investment of £1.04 million, the minister said: “The cost of purchasing school uniforms can put a significant financial strain on low-income families.

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“My department is currently undertaking a review of the free school meals and uniform grant. In the meantime, in light of the cost of living crisis, I am allocating a further £1.04 million to increase the uniform grant available this year to provide additional support for parents.

“I call on all schools to be mindful of families in Northern Ireland who are struggling financially and the additional burden that the purchase of school uniforms can place on household budgets. Every effort should be made to ensure that school uniforms are as affordable as possible, in accordance with my department’s advice on this matter.

The stipend helps cover the cost of specific items of school uniforms and physical education clothing for primary, post-primary and special school day students.

The uniform grant will be increased for all applications in the 22/23 academic year.

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