Date lodged: 7 November 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to introduce a minimum level of school clothing grant and whether parents will be involved in the process of developing this.
Answered by: John Swinney 16 November 2016
The Education (Scotland) Act introduced a provision to allow Scottish Ministers to make regulations to require local authorities to pay a minimum amount of school clothing grants to families or young people. The detail of the amount of grant and the eligibility criteria would be set out in regulations.
Scottish Ministers continue to discuss the provision of school clothing grants and appropriate timescales for implementation with COSLA. We intend to achieve this in partnership with COSLA rather than by imposing regulations, in the same way that we have successfully implemented universal free school meals for Primary 1-3. However, the regulation-making power provides an alternative route should this not prove possible.
We will engage with relevant stakeholders, including parents, as we develop this policy.