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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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Schools told to avoid branded uniforms to cut bills

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.

Families on the poverty line are expected to spend up to two fifths of their August income on back-to-school costs Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Wire

An Office of Fair Trading investigation last year suggested that three quarters of schools placed restrictions on where uniforms could be bought.

That typically added £5 to the price tag for each item, leaving parents an estimated £52 million a year worse off.

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