According to research conducted by the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe), the Scottish Government’s investment of £11.8 million in the scheme will result in more families being able to receive financial assistance to pay for school clothing and shoes.
The Scottish Government expects an increase in the number of eligible families as the number of social security applications rises, according to its projections.
Eligible families will receive the increased annual grant of £120 for every primary school pupil and £150 for every secondary pupil.
Commenting, SNP MSP Natalie Don said: “Already the SNP Scottish Government has helped thousands of low-income families across Scotland through progressive policies including the Best Start Grants, Best Start Foods, Scottish Child Payment and with help with costs of school.
“This includes Free School Meals and the School Clothing Grant which helps families with costs of buying school clothes and shoes.
“Meeting the costs of buying school clothes can be very challenging for thousands of families and the SNP Scottish Government has increased the School Clothing Grant to ensure every child in Scotland doesn’t miss out.
“This is another demonstration of the difference between two governments as the one in Edinburgh builds a fairer more equal society whilst the Tory government in Westminster is preparing to cut Universal Credit, which could plunge 20,000 children in Scotland into poverty.”