Council will not restore school uniform grant
A GRANT for parents on low incomes to buy school uniforms won’t be restored by Vale of Glamorgan Council after it was cut by the Welsh Government – but a replacement has been promised.
The school uniform grant offered payments of £105 to parents of Year 7 pupils eligible for free school meals and helped 5,500 children in Wales last year.
But the Welsh Government decided to cut the scheme for the 2018-19 school year as the cost of uniforms has “reduced significantly”.
Vale of Glamorgan Council says it is not in a position to restore the school uniform grant, while the Welsh Government said it will announce details of a replacement grant in the coming weeks.
Plaid Cymru had called for the Vale Council to support parents in buying school uniform after the Labour-led Welsh Government cut the school uniform grant.
Councillor Nic Hodges said that the council should follow the example of Plaid-run Gwynedd Council who have decided to keep the grant in 2018-19, funding it from within the council budget.
He said: “It is very disappointing that Labour voted to cut the School Uniform Grant, which helped parents to pay for school uniforms as children moved from primary school to secondary school.
“Barry has two new comprehensive schools opening this autumn, both with new uniforms. There will be many parents worrying how much money it will cost.
“As part of the costs of school reorganisation, the Vale Council should make this grant available to parents of children in the new schools,” he said.