"As it’s getting closer to schools opening I’m Sitting thinking and wondering how they think people manage who are just over the threshold for things like free school meals ,

it’s ok them giving families working tax credit which equates to in our case £17 per week but When my 5 kids are at school it’s costing over £50 in school lunches so for my family we are better off financially when the children are home as I can bulk buy and feed them on a smaller budget plus the added help of our community food banks.

I saw advertised about uniform grants and thought ‘oh great we must be able to apply’ WRONG!!!! No yet Again because of the working tax credit .......

Then I’m thinking well are the kids going to be going back, if so how long for with the uncertainty of the virus....... but it’s into the unknown so off we will have to go to buy new school uniforms , the children have been off since March so nothing fits plus one is starting a whole new school ........ so that’s 5 pairs of shoes, 5 uniforms one to wash and one to wear each..... then PE kits and footwear then school bags and stationary it all adds up no help because we receive that working tax credit ....... it sure would be cheaper if primary age children didn’t wear uniform like years ago!

our only saving grace is as some of the children have SEN and receive DLA we can use some of that on these extras but should we really be forced to have to spend money that belongs to our disabled children on uniforms and shoes? money that is supposed to be for their care needs! It is so frustrating my husband works part time because he rightly wants to, yet he could not work and apply for Carers for one of our children but for his own dignity he opts to work. but in turn we are penalised as his working qualify’s us for a small amount of working tax credit so we then miss out so are let down for trying to work and do the right thing. I’m another of our child’s Carers.

I do wonder how these families afford to go on holidays and have fun times and days out when we can’t do any of that as we are crippled with the costs of sending them to school (uniform)......... I also wonder how those without any disability benefits manage because I know we wouldn’t....,. "

Teddie G
Aug 12, 2020

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