Want to read more?We value our content and access to our full site is only available on subscription. Your subscription entitles you to 7-day-a-week access to our website, plus a full digital copy of that week’s paper to read on your pc/mac or mobile device In addition your subscription includes access to digital archive copies from 2006 onwards Subscribe NowParents in Argyll and Bute are being invited to find out whether or not they are eligible for help towards the cost of their children’s school uniform and free school meals. Since 2015, all pupils in primaries one to three are entitled to a free school meal, however, children in primary four and above need to pay unless their parents meet the criteria set out by the Scottish Government. School uniform grants are also available for parents who get specific benefits.For free school meals, parents must receive Income Support; Income Based Job Seekers Allowance; income related Employment and Support Allowance; … [Read more...] about Are you eligible for help?
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Thousands of parents in England, Wales and Scotland will be able to apply for a one-off school uniform discount from Sunday, as applications open across the board. This is for the School Uniform Grant - and you could get up to £150 off your child's expenses for the new academic year. It's part of the Education Act 1980 and is offered by the Government to help families on low incomes manage their budgets. The benefit is not a statutory duty, meaning not all councils offer it (although it is now compulsory in Scotland). But if you do qualify, you could get a huge discount to cover PE kits and more. Sadly, however, as Government cuts bite into council budgets, fewer places are offering them. In the past year, Mirror Money has learnt of dozens of councils that have scrapped the benefit from their educational support schemes - meaning many parents who previously qualified, no longer will. This includes councils such as Stockton, Cornwall, Cambridgeshire and Northumberland - while other … [Read more...] about Parents can apply for £150 school uniform grant from this week
Universal Credit has proved controversial since its roll-out began. There have been reports of families unable to pay their rent, food bank usage increasing, and delayed payments plunging people into debt. Newcastle was the first city in the UK to start rolling out the benefit three years ago, with more than 16,000 people claiming it in February this year. ChronicleLive went behind the scenes of the Jobcentre to meet the staff and find out more about the benefit process. What happens when you arrive? You will meet Joanne Crentsil, who is Jobcentre customer service manager and deals with the front of house area on the ground floor. She said Universal Credit is more "flexible approach" for claimants than the previous system of Job Seekers Allowance when people had a sign in day and had to sign a book every fortnight. Joanne said: "Whereas Universal Credit is flexible and you don't even need to necessarily come in for an appointment. "We can do appointments by the online journal, we can … [Read more...] about We went inside Newcastle’s Jobcentre and this is what we found
Scotland 16 April 2019 Share this with Facebook Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share this with Email Share this with Facebook Share this with WhatsApp Share this with Messenger Share this with Twitter Share Share this with These are external links and will open in a new window Email Share this with Email Facebook Share this with Facebook Messenger Share this with Messenger Messenger Share this with Messenger Twitter Share this with Twitter Pinterest Share this with Pinterest WhatsApp Share this with WhatsApp LinkedIn Share this with LinkedIn Copy this link https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-47947244 Read more about sharing. These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Allowance payments to young people from poorer homes to help them stay in education have fallen by £1.6m in a year, new figures … [Read more...] about Poorer students’ allowance drops by £1.6m
Asylum-seeker Opelo Kgari has recalled the terrifying time she spent in an 'inhumane' immigration removal centre - before narrowly escaping deportation twice. The 28-year-old and her mother Florence spent five gruelling months detained at Yarl's Wood in Bedfordshire. The pair had fled Botswana when Opelo was still a child to escape a violent relationship. But their status was only questioned years later when Opelo applied for university and was told she would be classed as an international student. They were finally been allowed to remain in the UK last year after two removal directions were cancelled within hours of the flight time. Now Opelo, from Penkhull, has described her harrowing experience. She explained how she and her mother were chaperoned by a dozen officers in two separate vans to the airport in March last year before their removal was cancelled following intervention from their MP. A month later they were again placed in removal vans and driven towards the … [Read more...] about Asylum-seeker Opelo recalls trauma of being held at immigration removal centre