UNISON is once again offering members on low incomes a grant to help with the cost of school uniforms.
On July 1st the union’s charity, “There For You”, will open the fund to support members who are on a low income and worried about the “back to school” cost of buying uniforms for when children return to school after the summer holidays.
Julie Tudor, the Bolton Branch Welfare Officer said,
“We know that lots of our members are low paid and are really struggling financially, particularly after years of pay freezes. It is welcome news that this support will be available to help members in difficulty. When people are already finding it hard to pay the bills, it can be an added headache, worrying about the cost of uniforms when children go back to school after the summer. From past experience we know how popular this programme is likely to be. Unfortunately the fund is limited so members are encouraged to apply early”.
A limited number of grants will be available to eligible members* on the basis of a one of payment of £50 per child, up to a maximum of £150 per family.
Applications will be available to download from the UNISON website from Thursday 1st July.
Even if you do not qualify for the school uniform grant, please remember that the COVID-19 fund is still open for members who have been financially affected by the pandemic. This special fund can offer grants of up to £500 for members and their families if they have been furloughed, lost their job or are on reduced or sick pay because of COVID.
*(eligibility criteria for the 2021 school uniform grant have not yet been announced but in 2019 you had to have been a member for 4 weeks, to be receiving Housing Benefit/the housing element of Universal Credit or have a household income of less than £18,000 a year, and to have savings of less than £800.The criteria this year are likely to be very similar.)