School clothing grants
A school clothing grant can help towards the cost of a school uniform for children aged 11 who are changing from primary to secondary school. Only one grant is payable during a child's school life.
Applications can only be made as soon as you are notified of your child’s school placement up until 30 September each year. Late applications will only be considered in exceptional circumstances.
For more information please contact the council's Benefits Contact Centre
Tel: 020 7364 5000
How do I qualify?
To qualify, you (the parent or guardian) must be receiving one of the following:
- Income Support
- Income-based Job Seekers Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Pension Guarantee Credit
- Support from NASS (National Asylum Support Service)
- Universal credit if your child is entitled to free school meals
- Have an annual income less than £16,190 (excluding Child Benefit and Child Tax Credit, but including any Working Tax Credit you receive)
How much is the grant?
The grant for 2023/24 was £110 for each child that meets the conditions.
When should I apply?
Applications can only be made as soon as you are notified of your child’s school placement up until 30 September and only for pupils transferring to secondary school.
Late applications and applications for pupils not eligible
Late applications and applications for pupils not eligible in years 8 to 11 will only be considered in exceptional circumstances. Theses applications must be supported in writing by:
- the lead professional or
- the attendance and welfare service and only if funds are available.
How do I apply?
Where a family receive housing benefit or council tax reduction from Tower Hamlets, you will receive an invitation to make an online application
If not, you should complete the school clothing grant application form.
How will I be paid?
All school clothing grants are paid into a bank or building society account in your name. Payments can only be made if you have provided a recent bank statement showing your:
- account number and
- sort code.