Clothing grants

Grants for school uniforms

Clothing grants are for children aged 11 years old, who are moving from primary school to a secondary state or voluntary aided school in Southwark. The grant is £45 and is in the form of a voucher which can only be redeemed in person (not online) at the following three uniform shops:

  • Whitehall Clothiers - 77 Camberwell Road, London, SE5 0EZ
  • APT Clothing Co - 26A Rye Lane, Peckham London, SE15 5BS
  • Stevensons – The Old Spread Eagle, High Street, Epsom, KT19 8DN (uniform stockists for Harris academy chain)

We strongly recommend you contact each of the above uniform shops (to confirm they're uniform stockists for your child’s school) before submitting your application for a clothing grant.

How to apply

To apply, download the application form for a clothing grant (pdf, 160kb) or request a copy from the school benefits team by calling 020 7525 5051.

To be eligible to receive a clothing grant, you must be in receipt of one of the following benefits:

  • Universal Credit with an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400
  • Income Support
  • Income based Job Seeker’s Allowance
  • Income related Employment Support Allowance (ESA)
  • Support under Part 6 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • the guarantee element of Pension Credit
  • Working Tax Credit run-on (paid for the four weeks after you stop qualifying for Working Tax Credit)
  • Child Tax Credit (with no Working Tax Credit) with an annual income of no more than £16,190

Along with your clothing grant application, you must also submit copies of documentary evidence for each of the following benefits:

  1. Child benefit letter (dated within the last six months);
  2. Bank statement showing the payment of child benefit to your bank account (dated within the last six months); and
  3. Evidence for at least one of the following benefits including:
  • Income Support - a letter from the Department of Work & Pensions (DWP) confirming your entitlement
  • Income based Job Seekers Allowances - a letter (all four pages) confirming entitlement
  • Child Tax Credit (provided you're not entitled to Working Tax Credit) - letter (all 8 pages) from the current financial year, confirming entitlement
  • Guaranteed element of State Pension Credit - a letter from the relevant authority confirming entitlement
  • Support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 - a letter from the relevant authority confirming entitlement
  • Incapacity Benefit - a letter from the relevant authority confirming entitlement
  • Widowed Mother’s Allowance - a letter from the relevant authority confirming entitlement
  • Universal Credit - your universal credit claim (all pages)
All documentary evidence must show your home address as stated on the clothing grant application
We're no longer accepting documents by post you must submit your clothing grant application and supporting documentation (for the September 2021 intake) by email to school.benefits@southwark.gov.uk. The closing date for submitting clothing grant applications is 31 August 2021.

Page last updated: 09 March 2021

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