Scottish Borders Council to lift propagandize uniform grant
August 23, 2017 - School Uniform
A legislature highlighted in a BBC review as carrying one of a lowest propagandize wardrobe grants in Scotland is to boost remuneration levels.
Scottish Borders Council has a limit extend of £45 – brief of a suggested inhabitant smallest of £70.
A paper has now been tabled to a internal management looking during augmenting it by £25.
If agreed, a legislature would tip adult payments already done this propagandize year to families receiving a reduce level.
A BBC Scotland review progressing this month suggested a legislature was among those profitable a lowest volume in Scotland.
Donna Manson, use executive for children and immature people, pronounced a pierce was one they had been penetrating to make for some time.
“We had already set out that this was going to be a vital priority this year for movement with a conduct teachers,” she said.
“When this serve information came to light we only felt that, in light of those discussions before to a summer, it was a right thing to do to follow adult on that and make this recommendation.”
She pronounced they were also looking during other measures to residence a emanate of child misery in future.
“We are not only looking during poverty-proofing in terms of propagandize uniform materials,” she said.
“We are looking during a whole learners’ knowledge in terms of a impact that child misery can have on that and to make certain that there are not any barriers during all to children who might be in those circumstances.
“We are going to demeanour during a whole operation of ways in that we can assistance relocating forward.”
The 1980 Education Act stipulates that internal authorities contingency make sustenance for a wardrobe of pupils who would differently be incompetent to means schoolwear.
Councils, rather than a Scottish government, are obliged for determining a eligibility criteria, a extend volume and focus routine – though Education Secretary John Swinney has suggested it be during slightest £70.
The BBC review found limit payments ranged from £110 in West Lothian to £40 in North Ayrshire.
Research by debate organisation The Poverty Truth Commission suggested a tangible cost of kitting out a child for propagandize was £129.50, even when selling during supermarkets and discount stores.