Schools to be given new uniform guidance including avoiding sole suppliers in bid to reduce costs

The Education Secretary, Gavin Williamson, said that while uniform can have a “hugely positive impact” it should never be “so expensive as to present a barrier to accessing the school”. iNews reports.

Mr Williamson made the commitment in a letter to Andrew Tyrie, the chairman of the Competition and Markets Authority, who wrote to him about the “major costs” faced by many families.

Tyrie also highlighted how a price-comparison list had shown that Aldi was offering a uniform package for £4.50 that was 10 per cent cheaper than last year, according to TES magazine.

Ms Emma Hardy, the Labour MP for Hull West and Hessle, told the committee, “I have seen examples of schools insisting on a tiny logo on the sides of trousers or the sides of skirts, which then makes those trousers three times the cost of a plain pair of trousers from their local supermarket.”

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