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MSP for Caithness, Sutherland and Ross Maree Todd urges parents to apply for grants which have so far provided £469,000 to support 4333 school children in Strathspey and Badenoch and the rest of the Highlands to buy school clothes and shoes – the Scottish Government's School Clothing Grant provides families with primary school children with £120 per child and £150 per child in secondary school


By Ian Duncan

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An estimated 4333 school children in the Highlands have been supported with £469,000 of funds to buy school clothes through the Scottish Government's School Clothing Grant.

The grant was increased this month by the Scottish Government and provides families with primary school children with £120 per child and £150 per child in secondary school.

The support helps families pay for school clothes and shoes.

Applications are still open for eligible parents to apply for the start of the new school year.

Maree Todd, MSP for Caithness, Sutherland and Ross, said: “Already the SNP Scottish Government has helped a significant number of families in the Highlands with buying school clothes and shoes, applications are still open for eligible families to apply for the start of the new school year.

“Meeting the costs of buying school clothes can be very challenging for thousands of families across Scotland and the SNP Scottish Government has introduced the School Clothing Grant to ensure every child in Scotland doesn’t miss out.

“Being in a uniform not only breaks stigma in school but gets young people in the right mindset for learning.

“This is another demonstration of the tale of two governments. As the Scottish Government builds a social security system built on dignity, fairness and respect, Westminster is preparing to cut Universal Credit, which could plunge 20,000 children in Scotland into poverty.”


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