John Healey MP demands action on school uniform costs

AN MP has called for a “reset” in the relationship between parents and schools after a 30 per cent rise in uniform costs.

Calling for a “reset”, Wentworth and Dearne MP John Healey said: “It’s wrong that parents are having to shell out hundreds of pounds to kit out their kids for the new school term as the cost-of-living crisis continues to hit household budgets.

“The cost of school uniform has risen by 30 per cent in the last three years, with parents now spending an average of £422 a year on secondary school uniforms and £287 on primary uniforms with costs driven up by branded items.”

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The Labour Party has plans to reduce the cost of buying school uniforms.

Labour claim the party would limit the number of branded items that parents are forced to purchase in future by strengthening guidance on the cost of school uniforms.

The Education (Guidance about Costs of School Uniforms) Act 2021 forced schools to review their uniform policies.

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