As our children prepare to go back to school, the thought of having to buy school uniforms could burn a hole in your pocket
Figures compiled by ITV News on the cost of uniforms, mean parents are paying too much.
A study found that, in fact, it’s £375 million too much.
It’s reported that parents spend £2.1 billion a year on school uniform.
With schools developing and changing their demands, mums and dads are forced to be more and more particular when it comes to buying specific clothing.
It comes as there are calls for schools to stop being so precise with their uniform demands, to enable parents to buy non-specific clothes that could come from any shop.
Children’s Society have also released figures that show parents would save £375 million if schools allowed their parents to buy uniforms anywhere, rather than at specialist suppliers.
It’s not just uniforms, parents are also pressured into buying bespoke PE kits, adding to the total cost we spend.
The Children’s Society has written to the Government calling for a new law to stop forcing parents to use specific providers, and to allow them to buy from anywhere.
This comes after a study earlier in the year that revealed Year 7 is the most expensive school year, as parents have to buy even more kit for their children as they prepare to go to secondary school.