Dobbins: Uniform grants and free school meals available to working parents

Councillor Angela Dobbins.  (1301JB11)
Councillor Angela Dobbins. (1301JB11)

Newly appointed Western Education & Library Board member Cllr Angela Dobbins has encouraged parents on working tax credit to apply for free school meals, uniform and PE clothing allowances.

Cllr Dobbins said: “Previously, those receiving working tax credits were not eligible for clothing grants or school meals for secondary school children. From September this criteria will change. There is only one application form to be completed and this can be done online or by contacting WELB for a form.

“I would urge parents to apply now and not wait until September so that their allowance can be identified and processed as quickly as possible. Times remain tough for parents and back to school time can be especially costly. Hopefully this will lift some of the pressures from hard working mums and dads.”