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Exceptional grants

25 July 2018

The Council does not provide funding for normal school clothing expenses. A grant is not provided on the basis of low income alone. In exceptional circumstances, a part-award of expenses may be considered.

 

Examples of exceptional circumstances (must be accompanied with low income evidence)

  • A family being made homeless and placed in an address that requires a change of school. A letter from the district/borough council would be needed as evidence. Low income evidence would also be required.
  • Parent and children placed in a refuge requiring a change of school. A letter from the refuge would be needed as evidence, along with low income evidence.
  • Exceptional circumstances requiring the replacement of school clothing. Qualifying circumstances may include fire or flood damage. A letter from the relevant service would be required, along with low income evidence.

 

Low income evidence (to accompany the above circumstances)

You must be able to evidence an exceptional circumstance and also provide evidence of one of the below:

 
  • Income Support.
  • Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance.
  • Job Seekers Allowance (income based).
  • Child Tax Credit, but not Working Tax Credit, with an annual income of less than £16,190.
  • The Guaranteed Element of Pension Credit.
  • Universal Credit, with an annual income of £7400 or below.

 

How to apply

If you can evidence an exceptional circumstance and low income, you may request a form via educationawards@essex.gov.uk.

 
Please note that applications based upon low income evidence alone will not be approved.


Other financial support 

Family Action

Family Action (was the Family Welfare Association) no longer administers a uniform grant, but can give advice on other assistance which may be available for families with financial difficulties. Contact 020 7254 6251, or visit www.family-action.org.uk.
 

The Frank Buttle Trust

The Frank Buttle Trust (in association with BBC Children in Need) no longer provides grants towards the cost of uniforms, but still offers other grants for children in difficult circumstances. Contact 020 7828 7311. 
 

Turn2Us

An organisation that helps people to ensure that they are receiving all appropriate welfare benefits. Offers details of hundreds of grant-giving charities (national, regional and local) that may be able to provide financial support and other services.  Visit turn2us.org.uk or contact the free and confidential helpline 0808 802 2000 (Monday to Friday, 8am to 8pm).