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Schools told to cut uniform bill

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.

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One in four parents 'borrow to pay for child's uniforms'

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.

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