Graham Stuart, MP for Beverley and Holderness, has written to local schools in the constituency to remind them of the government’s statutory guidance which instructs schools to keep uniform costs as low as possible for parents.
Paying for school uniforms can come at a difficult time for parents as in the most part, it comes at the end of a summer that brings with it more spending because of additional childcare costs and going on holidays.
Neighbouring Hull West and Hessle MP, Emma Hardy, recently launched a campaign encouraging schools to reduce their uniform costs by using fewer branded items and by avoiding exclusive suppliers and has also introduced a RE:uniform scheme that recycles old school uniforms for new parents.
After receiving messages from his own local constituents, Graham has also taken it upon himself to encourage schools in the Beverley and Holderness area to do the same.
Commenting on the news, Graham said;
“The guidance is already there for schools to keep uniform costs low, and it should never be the case that a parent is put off from applying for a place for the child because of daunting prices.
“By taking a few simple steps like allowing school clothing that can be bought cheaply at supermarkets, and passing on any savings negotiated with suppliers onto parents, schools can put an end to any struggles experienced by parents and make sure that children can go to whatever school they want irrespective of the uniform.”
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