Coun­cil will not re­store school uni­form grant

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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.

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