Extra Welsh Government funding to help families with school costs

Families in Wrexham will receive a cash boost to help with school costs, thanks to a new package of support from the Welsh Government.

With the cost-of-living crisis escalating, Wrexham’s Member of the Senedd, Lesley Griffiths has welcomed the latest £13m investment that will help parents pay for school uniforms and PE kits.

The new funding will provide families in Wrexham and across Wales, who are eligible for help through the Pupil Development Access Grant, with a one-off £100 top-up payment in 2022-23 to help with the costs of sending their children to school.

For students entering year 7, the grant will be worth £300, and for all other year groups the grant will be worth £225 per eligible learner.  All families who are eligible for free school meals will be able to submit a claim over the summer for grant funding.

Lesley Griffiths MS said: “We are living through a cost-of-living crisis. Household budgets are under significant pressure and many parents will be worried about how they can afford the essential items their children need for school.

“With fuel and energy prices soaring and new UK Government tax rises due to come into force next month, I am pleased the Welsh Labour Government has taken decisive action and is doing all it can to support parents and children in Wrexham.”

Additional information, including how to apply can be found here: https://gov.wales/written-statement-additional-funding-pdg-access