PARENTS are turning to school uniform exchange Facebook groups to help with the cost of kitting out children for the start of the new term.
Parents spend an average of £340 a year on the correct school gear, according to research by the Children’s Society.
While families can pick up a complete school uniform at the supermarket for under £5, more than a quarter of schools in the UK require three or more items to have the school’s badge or logo on them.
And the rising cost of clothes, sports gear, stationary and computers means an increasing number of families are struggling to cope.
She set up the scheme with volunteers from The Launch Project, a charity in Manchester which she runs to help the homeless community.
Parents can pay £1.50 for a full uniform set in excellent condition or £1 if its in good condition.
The school uniform exchange is open to parents in the Greater Manchester area.
She is one of the thousands of parents getting involved in school uniform exchanges, with hundreds of local groups on Facebook.
Many of the groups have been set up by mums and dads across the country to help arrange online swaps for free.
How to get up to £150 towards the cost of school uniforms
Millions of low income families may actually be able to get up to £150 from their local council to go towards the cost of school uniforms.
The Education Act 1996 gives local authorities the power to issue grants to struggling parents.
Whether or not you’re eligible depends on the criteria set by the authority, and can be affected by the child’s age and what type of school they’re attending.
Are you able to claim up to £150 towards your child’s school uniform allowance from the government? Check to see if you qualify
AS a parent, you may be entitled to certain types of financial help, depending on your financial circumstances.
- Some local councils provide help with the cost of school clothing, including PE kit.
- The government provides an online central service to help parents find out if their council will help them.
- The service will then redirect you to your local authority’s website, where you can find the relevant information by looking at the “Education” tab.
- For more information, please click here.
But as a general rule, grants are available for people on a range of benefits including jobseeker’s allowance, income-related employment benefit or pension tax credits.
Often, children that qualify for free school meals will also qualify for uniform help.
The amount you claim also depends on the authority and what year your child’s in.
We’ve put a round up of where to buy the cheapest school uniforms and some of them come to under a fiver.
Last year, The Sun put Aldi, Asda, Sainsbury’s and Tesco’s budget school uniform to test with Tesco’s uniform ranking as the best value for money.
Today we revealed that payday lenders are targeting skint parents with 1.333 per cent interest loans to spend on children’s school gear.