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Posted: July 19, 2022

Help with school clothing costs

You may be able to get financial help with your child’s school clothing and shoes through a School Clothing Grant. You can apply for this through your local council and it’s normally paid directly to your bank account.

Who can apply and the amount of money you’ll get depends on your local council, but everybody who gets a school clothing grant will receive at least:

• £120 per child of primary school age

• £150 per child of secondary school age

You may also be able to apply for free school meals at the same time you apply for the School Clothing Grant.

How to apply: Check your local council’s website to see when you can apply for the grant. Most councils will accept applications from July until the end of March.


Young Person’s (Under 22) Free Bus Travel

Children and young people living in Scotland aged 5-21 years old are eligible for a card giving them free bus travel. Children under 5 years old can already travel on buses for free and don’t need a card. Applications for cards are now open.

To get on board for free, children and young people will need a new or replacement National Entitlement Card (NEC) or Young Scot National Entitlement Card (Young Scot NEC). Previously issued cards will not allow access to the scheme.

How to apply: For more information, visit Free Bus.

If you would like any advice or information regarding benefits, please call our Tenancy Sustainment Service on 0300 123 2640 or contact us via the Hillcrest app.

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