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Does My Council Offer It?
If you live in Scotland you don’t need to worry. The grant is compulsory for all local authorities who must pay at least £100 per child.
Unfortunately this is not the case in England. Many councils have been forced to scrap or reduce the scheme in recent years. Some areas only offer the grant in exceptional circumstances, such as special educational needs cases. But it’s definitely worth checking your local authority to see if they offer anything and if you qualify.
You can find out if your area offers anything by following this link and entering your postcode. You can also find out if you’re entitled to other types of support, for example travel relief, free school meals and help with childcare.
In Wales there is a Pupil Development Grant on offer instead. This is worth £125 or £200 if your child is in year 7.
Am I Eligible?
To claim the grant you must be receiving one of the following benefits:
- Income Support
- Job Seeker’s Allowance
- Child Tax Credit
- Employment Support Allowance (ESA)
- State Pension (This must be your sole source of income)
- Support under Part IV of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
- Universal Credit
You can also apply if your total household annual income is less than £16,190.
You must be able to prove that you are legally responsible for the child you are applying for by sending a recent copy of your bank statement confirming the payment of child benefit to your account.
How Do I Apply?
This will vary between different local authorities. Follow the information and links from your local authority website for more information.
When Should I Apply?
It’s worth checking with your local authority as dates may vary across the country. However, most applications can be made from 30th June up until 30th September.
In Wales the closing date for the Pupil Development Plan is 31st December.
You will be expected to re-apply every academic year, with some councils only paying the grant once.
How Will I Be Paid?
You will be paid by cheque which must be paid into a bank or building society account in your name.