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Council urged to review levels of school clothing support grants.

Lothian Tory MSP Miles Briggs is urging Edinburgh Council bosses to review the levels of the school clothing support grant available to help low income families and carers with the costs of buying school clothing and footwear. Miles spoke out following the news that the Scottish Conservative led coalition running Scottish Borders Council has increased its grant with immediate effect from £45 to £70, in line with Scottish Government recommendations. Edinburgh Council offers awards to low income families of £43 for primary and £50 for secondary pupils.

Speaking today Miles said:

“ The costs of buying a new school uniform and shoes for a child going back to school after the summer holidays can be significant and can put real pressure on low income families.

“ I welcome the action that has been taken by Scottish Borders Council to increase significantly the support available there and I have written to Edinburgh Council asking if it has similar plans to review the grant levels in the city and to ensure that this area isn’t falling behind compared to other local authorities.”

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* Scottish Borders Council’s news release on this issue is here: https://www.scotborders.gov.uk/news/article/2060/level_of_school_clothing_support_to_rise?platform=hootsuite

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