A boy, about age 10, in a school uniform

Based on The Children’s Commission on Poverty's research and a survey of 1000 parents, this report explores the issue of school uniform costs, showing that on average parents overspend on school uniforms by £170 per child each year. Parents say that this leads to children going to school in ill-fitting school uniforms, being sent home from school or to families cutting back on food or other basic essentials.

Month of publication 
February
Year of publication 
2015
Number of pages 
8
Author 
The Children's Commission on Poverty, with Dr Sam Royston, Natalie Williams and Martin Jones of The Children's Society
Category 
Policy and lobbying
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