Worried about the costs of sending children to school?

Get help with school uniform costs this summer form UNISON’s own welfare arm There for you

As we move into summer, the new school year starts to loom, and with it, worries over the cost of new school uniforms – but UNISON can help.

If you’re a member and need help with the costs of new school uniforms, you can apply for a grant from our welfare arm There for You between now and 21 July.

The grant is a one-off payment of £40 per school age child, up to a total of £120, to help members on low incomes deal with the cost of school uniforms.

Families often struggle to make ends meet – and this can be particularly acute before the new school year begins, when those extra costs hit hard.

To qualify, members must either be receiving housing benefit or have a net household income of less than £18,000 a year.

You will need to fill in an application form, which you can download using the link below – or talk to your UNISON branch.

Last year, There for You helped make sure that 725 children got new school uniforms, with grants totalling £29,000.