Appeal to struggling Swansea parents to seek help with school costs
CASH-STRAPPED parents in Swansea are being told they don't have to suffer in silence by the local authority.
Swansea Council is reminding families feeling the financial pinch that help is available for everything from school uniforms to meals and benefits.
Parents in the city may be entitled to extra benefits according to the local authority.
Swansea Council's Benefits Section is running a Take Up campaign to help people find out if they are entitled to help with paying their Council Tax.
Business Cards From Only £10.95 Delivered www.myprint-247.co.ukView details
Our heavyweight cards have FREE UV silk coating, FREE next day delivery & VAT included. Choose from 1000's of pre-designed templates or upload your own artwork. Orders dispatched within 24hrs.
Terms: Visit our site for more products: Business Cards, Compliment Slips, Letterheads, Leaflets, Postcards, Posters & much more. All items are free next day delivery. www.myprint-247.co.uk
Contact: 01858 468192
Valid until: Friday, May 31 2013
Parents are also being urged to find out if their children qualify for free school meals by getting help from the Swansea branch of the Citizens Advice Bureau or Communities First.
Grant funding is also available for school uniforms for secondary school children in Swansea.
And on Wednesday next week senior Swansea councillors will hold the first in a series of meetings with council officers and external experts to discuss what effective action can be taken against people preying on poor families such as loan sharks, pay-day loan companies.
The meetings will coincide with Eradication of World Poverty Day.
Swansea Council Leader and Cabinet Member for Anti Poverty, David Phillips, said: "The return to the classroom can cause worry for parents under financial strain with worries about the cost of things like equipment, school trips and uniform.
"Studies by the charity and the Welsh Child Poverty Task Group looking at poverty from a child's perspective, found that children reported feeling bullied, isolated and left out.
"Research carried out in Wales suggests that less well-off children sometimes miss out because they are needed as carers at home or to work to increase family income, or simply because increased pressures on already stretched household incomes leaves parents with little spare cash.
"However, parents and children don't have to suffer in silence, there are places to turn for advice."
Save the Children has recently launched its first UK child poverty campaign to recognise poorest families will feel the pinch of the recession as it bites deeper.