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New council funding for school uniforms

Published: 13 July 2022

Westminster City Council has announced new funding to help families with the cost of school uniforms, as part of a package of measures to help Westminster residents struggling with the rising cost of living.

The School Uniform Support Scheme will help families of children in Reception and Year Six who are Westminster residents and in receipt of (FSM) Free School Meals.

The new scheme will start from September 2022 and will see up to £85,000 allocated to primary schools across the city. Schools will receive £31 for every eligible child starting in Reception to help with the costs of primary school uniform.

To help with the cost of secondary school uniforms, schools will be allocated £150 for every eligible Year Six child.

The new fund is in addition to existing support available to disadvantaged families via schools and the council’s Early Help services. Parents are also able to receive financial help from charities supporting young people, such as John Lyons Charity and the Portal Trust.

Westminster City Council also recently announced it will be providing £1.35 million to support children and young people over the upcoming summer school holiday.

Cllr Tim Roca, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Young People, Learning and Leisure, said:

As a new council administration we are determined to be on the side of residents. We know that a lot many of Westminster families are struggling with the rising cost of living, and the council is committed to helping those on the lowest incomes wherever we can.

That’s why I’m proud to announce this new grant  funding of up to £85,000, providing direct support to our most disadvantaged families to help with school uniform costs.