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Minister O'Dowd urges parents to apply for uniform grants

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THE Education Minister has encouraged parents whose children qualify for school uniform grants to apply.

The Clothing Allowance Scheme covers pupils in primary, post-primary and special schools.

Minister John O'Dowd said: "Through the Clothing Allowance Scheme, or school uniform grant, as it is also known, my department provides much-needed support to low-income families to assist with the costs of school uniforms.

"The eligibility criteria for clothing allowances are similar to those used for free school meals and seeks to target families who are on benefits or on low incomes."

The minister added: "I am pleased to advise that my department provides approximately £4.3m per annum to support families with school uniform costs. This has enabled around 75,000 pupils here to benefit from the school uniform grant.

"I would encourage anyone who thinks they may be entitled to this valuable allowance to seek further information from their local board."

Parents can obtain further information, check eligibility criteria and apply through their local Education and Library Board.

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