Date lodged: 14 March 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking in response to the report, Findings from 2017 School Clothing Grants Survey, by the Child Poverty Action Group in Scotland, One Parent Families Scotland and The Poverty Truth Commission.
Answered by: John Swinney 21 March 2018
The Scottish Government strongly believes that all children in Scotland should have equal access to education regardless of their financial circumstances and we welcome the work of Child Poverty Action Group in detailing the key financial barriers affecting participation and experiences at school for children from low income households.
I met with representatives from the Cost of the School Clothing Group on
1 February 2018 to discuss the provision of school clothing grants across the country. The discussion was informed by the findings from their 2017 School Clothing Grants Survey. The results of this survey have informed the ongoing, constructive discussions on school clothing grants with CoSLA.