Most councils stopped this years ago. It is a discretionary award so depends on your circumstances- free school meals does not mean you qualify automatically. Many councils may take the view that you have chosen to be a student whereas a family with a disabled parent who is unable to work is more deserving of this type of grant. For primary school uniform is usually fairly inexpensive and the supermarket brands are good value. For secondary schools there are often second-hand uniform shops which helps keep the cost down.