Parents of children beginning or returning to school in September are being urged to apply for school clothing vouchers and free school meals.
Since 2014, all children in reception and years 1 and 2 have been automatically entitled to free school meals, but many parents miss out on a free school clothing grant provided by the council worth £25 (or £35 for secondary pupils).
Parents may be eligible if they are in receipt of income support, Job Seekers Allowance, Child Tax Credits or Universal Credit. Applying online is quick and simple – the whole process takes around five minutes. Once approved, the council sends parents a voucher which they can redeem for cash at the Post Office, giving them the choice of where to buy school clothing. More here.