LGA responds to new law to make school uniform costs affordable for all

Baroness Blake responds to a new law which received Royal Assent today, requiring schools to follow new statutory guidance on uniform costs, which will ensure prices are kept down.


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Responding to a new law which received Royal Assent today, requiring schools to follow new statutory guidance on uniform costs, which will ensure prices are kept down, Baroness Blake, Chair of the Local Government Association’s Children and Young People Board, said:

“This is important legislation and an area in which we have called for more action.

“Councils have been concerned about the growing cost of school uniforms, with branded compulsory items of clothing making uniform and PE kits too expensive for many families.

“Research has found that one million children live in families across England who are getting into debt to meet the rising cost of school uniforms.

“This new law will help parents avoid being pushed into debt in order for their children to look smart by making it more affordable, especially for those with more than one child to kit out.”

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