En­ti­tled fam­i­lies to re­ceive cloth­ing grants

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

Ef­forts have been stepped up to en­sure fam­i­lies in Castlemilk, To­ry­glen and Kings Park get the School Cloth­ing Grant ( SCG) they are en­ti­tled to.

Part of the new anti-poverty cam­paign — Peo­ple Make Glas­gow Fairer, the ini­tia­tive will see the £52 grant, de­signed to help pay for school uni­forms, au­to­mat­i­cally sent to fam­i­lies who meet the cri­te­ria.

It means 5,000 fam­i­lies in the city who have not ap­plied for the money, but who are en­ti­tled to it, will re­ceive the pay­ment in De­cem­ber.

The coun­cil has cross ref­er­enced data it holds on hous­ing ben­e­fit and coun­cil tax re­duc­tions with school rolls to iden­tify those who are el­i­gi­ble.

It has also upped the SCG pay­ment by £ 5 which will be back dated to this year, mean­ing that around 20,000 fam­i­lies will re­ceive a fur­ther award of £5.

The coun­cil will also now pay the sum rou­tinely each year to those that are en­ti­tled, with­out peo­ple hav­ing to ap­ply for it sep­a­rately.

The changes have been brought in fol­low­ing a call by the city’s Poverty Lead­er­ship Panel (PLP) to in­crease up­take of school cloth­ing grants and free school meals.

Coun­cil leader Frank McAveety re­vealed the changes dur­ing Chal­lenge Poverty Week which ended on Fri­day.

He said: “Our end game is to have a city where no one has to worry about money for food, hous­ing and keep­ing warm. This cam­paign aims to start with mak­ing sure peo­ple get what they are due for their fam­i­lies. That’s only a first step. But we will build on it.

“I am heart­ened by the com­mit­ment and hard work of the mem­bers of the PLP in com­ing to­gether to iden­tify prac­ti­cal ways in which we can tackle the scourge of poverty that haunts too many peo­ple.”

Wor­ried Marri McCarville, whose son at­tends Cairns Pri­mary, says the new lo­ca­tion is dan­ger­ous

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