Parents could save hundreds of pounds on school uniform as new law is introduced

The cost of school uniforms is set to fall thanks to a new law.

Parents could save hundreds of pounds on their kids as the school uniform bill received Royal Assent.

Schools across England will have to make sure uniforms are affordable and branded items are expected to be kept at a minimum.

According to data by the Schoolwear Association, the average uniform costs £101.19 per child in secondary school.

For families with more than one child, the amount spent on uniforms can also add up to several hundred pounds.

The school uniform bill was first introduced by Labour MP Mike Amesbury, with the backing of the Children's Society.

Although it had been delayed due to the pandemic, it came back before MPs in March when schools reopened again.

Schools will also be asked to consider the use of second-hand uniforms and non-brand alternatives.

The Department for Education said the guidance will be published in the autumn, reports The Sun.

Schools minister Nick Gibb said: "Too often rising costs have become unreasonable, and I know parents can feel put off by having to spend such significant amounts – or worse caught unaware when the costs are not upfront and clear to them from the start."

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He added: "This new law will help to make school uniform affordable for all, saving families money and ensuring the cost of a blazer or shirt is never a barrier.

"Whether that means encouraging parents to use their local supermarket or clothes shop, or supporting the use of second-hand uniform, I want to put an end to the financial pressure the cost of school uniform can put on families."

Meanwhile, Mr Amesbury added: "The issue of expensive uniforms predates Covid but it's more pertinent than ever because people have been on furlough or lost jobs as well as losing loved ones.

"This will make a real difference and bring the cost of school uniforms down, with the need for schools to put affordability front and centre in their uniform policies placed on a legal footing for the first time."

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