Mr McDonald has been accepting donations for the Aberdeen Back To School Bank at his constituency office, and charities such as Somebody Cares & Aberdeen Cyrenians have commented that they have seen an increase in families in need of support.
Commenting Mr McDonald said:
“We have a situation at present where we know families in our city who are struggling to make ends meet. We also know that there are many families relying upon foodbank support. They do not necessarily have the income available to fund the purchase of uniforms, and that is why the uniform bank has been established.
“While £55 sounds like a decent sum of money, it is also true that the cost of providing items of uniform can be quite high, especially when shoes and jackets are factored in, as well as the increases in the cost of living.
“Hopefully the council will agree that the grant needs to be uprated, and while there has been a clear reduction in the number of applications, we must also ascertain whether there are people who are simply not coming forward to ask for support.
“This will help to ensure that those who need that little bit of extra support to ensure that their children are prepared for school can receive it.”