The coalition is urging schools to avoid branded uniforms to cut bills for hard-pressed parents. Schools minister David Laws said the cost of clothing was often "unnecessarily high" at a time when family budgets were being squeezed.
Figures released by the Citizens Advice Bureau last month showed that one quarter of parents are forced to borrow money to cover the cost of a new school uniform, as the Government urges schools to avoid branded uniforms in a bid to ease financial strain.
The charity's study also found:
72 percent of parents will be forced to buy uniforms from a specific shop;
Nine in 10 parents will buy a new uniform this year;
Nearly two-thirds of parents will pay more than £70 for a new uniform per child this term;
23 percent of parents don’t know how they will be able to pay for uniforms.
Schools minister David Laws has said the cost of school uniforms was often "unnecessarily high" at a time when family budgets were being squeezed. Speaking as the Liberal Democrat conference gets under way in Glasgow, Mr Laws added:
Costs at the start of a school term can quickly add up, particularly for families with several school age children. School uniforms can be an important sign of identity and pride, but at a time when many family budgets are squeezed parents should not be forced to spend more than they need to.
We will send a strong signal to schools that it is vital to secure value for money for parents before changing or introducing new school uniforms. Parents need to be able to shop around to find the best deal.