Back to school bank cheque


Christina donating to South Lanarkshire Back to School Bank


Pupils from across South Lanarkshire have been assisted with the price of school uniforms as COSLA confirms all 32 local authorities have implemented an increase for school clothing grant.

Following an agreement in May from the Scottish Government and COSLA, the national minimum school clothing grant is set to benefit over 120,000 families.

The £100 minimum grant to all eligible families was put in place for the start of the academic year, relieving the financial pressure for South Lanarkshire families and pupils as they return to school.

Commenting on the grant, local MSP for Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse, Christina McKelvie said:

“This announcement from the Scottish Government will provide real, tangible help to my constituents.

“We all know the stress and pressure that the return to school can bring, with clothes, shoes, bags and all the accessories.

“The Scottish Government is trying to make it just that bit easier for families and relieve the potential financial burden.

“In South Lanarkshire, we have already made great strides in providing pupils with school clothing with the Back to School Bank.

“This clothing grant is just one part of the Scottish Government’s wider actions to reduce child poverty, giving our children the best start in life and ensuring they are comfortable and confident in their school learning.