Par­ents could be el­i­gi­ble for up to £200 for school uni­form

Llanelli Star - - NEWS -

PAR­ENTS and car­ers are be­ing re­minded that they could be el­i­gi­ble to re­ceive up to £200 to buy school uni­form and equip­ment for their chil­dren ahead of the start of the au­tumn term

Llanelli AM Lee Wa­ters is urg­ing par­ents and car­ers to con­tact their lo­cal au­thor­ity to see if they are el­i­gi­ble for the Pupil Devel­op­ment Grant (PDG) be­fore the start of the new school year.

Govern­ment fund­ing means that el­i­gi­ble pupils can ap­ply for £125 to buy school uni­form, equip­ment, sports kit and kit for ac­tiv­i­ties out­side of school for their child.

Mr Wa­ters said: “Pupils should not miss out on op­por­tu­ni­ties or feel ex­cluded be­cause of their per­sonal cir­cum­stances. Ev­ery­one should be en­cour­aged to aim high and be prop­erly sup­ported to achieve.”

“This money is to help pupils in Llanelli and Car­marthen­shire reach their full po­ten­tial. I would urge par­ents and car­ers to find out whether they are el­i­gi­ble.”

Car­marthen­shire Coun­cil said they have re­ceived 297 ap­pli­ca­tions in 2018 and so far for 2019/20 it had re­ceived 20 ap­pli­ca­tions but stressed there was plenty of time as the clos­ing win­dow for ap­pli­ca­tions is not un­til Jan­uary 31 next year.

Through the pupil devel­op­ment grant, the Welsh Govern­ment pro­vides £125 for stu­dents el­i­gi­ble for free school meals to buy uni­forms and other equip­ment.

El­i­gi­ble year seven pupils are also en­ti­tled to a grant of £200 to help with the costs when be­gin­ning sec­ondary school.

Min­is­ter for Ed­u­ca­tion Kirsty Williams said last month: “Fam­i­lies will know how ex­pen­sive new uni­forms can be.

“This guid­ance puts a statu­tory re­spon­si­bil­ity on schools to con­sider the af­ford­abil­ity, ac­cess and avail­abil­ity when set­ting their school uni­form and ap­pear­ance pol­icy.”

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