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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 stockists: 

  • Whitehall Clothiers - 77 Camberwell Road, London, SE5 0EZ
  • APT Clothing Co - 26A Rye Lane, Peckham London, SE15 5BS
  • The Stevensons Group (for Harris Academies only) - The Old Spread Eagle, High Street, Epsom, KT19 8DN
  • Ark All Saints Academy - for children who will be in Year 7 at this school from September 2024

We strongly recommend you contact each of the above (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 (docx, 48kb).

Please note that as we do not accept documents by post, you must submit your application and supporting documentation by email to school.benefits@southwark.gov.uk before the closing date of 11 August 2024.

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

  • Universal Credit with an annual net earned income of no more than £7,400 
    • take home pay must be less than £616.67 or 0.00 to qualify
  • 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 and 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)

Please note: all documentary evidence must show your home address as stated on the clothing grant application and be dated within the last six months.

Please note: as we do not accept documents by post, you must submit your clothing grant application and supporting documentation by email to school.benefits@southwark.gov.uk before the closing date of 11 August 2024. 

Page last updated: 28 February 2024

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