30,000 more children are eligible for the Pupil Development Grant-Access

Poverty Boy playing football


The Pupil Development Grant – Access provides low-income families with £125 in financial support (£200 if the child is entering year 7) to buy school uniform, equipment, sports kit and kit for activities outside of school. Whilst valued by families, the support was only available for children entering reception and year 3 in primary schools, and year 7 and year 10 in secondary schools. Our research unearthed the impact this was having on families with parents pushed into debt or forced to cut back on essentials to buy uniform for their children as they entered other year groups.


The Bevan Foundation called on the Welsh Government to expand the scheme so that children in all year groups were eligible for support. Doing so would put money back into the pockets of families and ensure children had the right clothing for school.


The Welsh Government expanded the Pupil Development Grant – Access to all year groups in secondary schools and to an extra two year groups in primary school. This will see more than 30,000 extra children and their families benefitting from the scheme.


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