Nottingham City Council has announced an allowance which could help parents and carers in the city with the cost of school uniforms. The authority is offering a school clothing allowance for pupils in primary and secondary school who are in academic years reception, one, four, seven, nine, and eleven. If your child lives in the city of Nottingham and attends a school in the city you will be eligible for the support, only if their parent or carer receives one of several benefits such as income support, jobseeker’s allowance, employment and support allowance or the guaranteed element of pension credit. Other benefits eligible for the scheme include child tax credit, support under section 95 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 and universal credit, although income thresholds do apply. The allowance excludes pupils who attend academies and free schools – parents and carers are urged to contact the academy or free school in these circumstances to find out if they operate a school clothing allowance scheme
How much is available for each child?
School year Amount
Year 1 £15.00
Year 4 £20.00
Year 7 £40.00
Year 9 £30.00
Year 11 £15.00
Full list of eligible benefits:
Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
The guarantee element of Pension Credit
Child Tax Credit including the Working Tax Credit element and your annual income does not exceed £16,190 as assessed by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) support under section 95 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
Universal Credit, income thresholds apply
Anyone who wishes to apply for the allowance can complete an online application form and either send it to Nottingham City Council by post or ask their children’s school to email the authority on their behalf.