#Makeuniformsaffordable

Why do families need help with the cost of school uniforms? 

School Uniforms are disproportionately expensive for people with low incomes. The cost of school uniform is often fixed - some items of uniform can only be bought from one supplier - and schools are strict about what is expected. 
This means that for some families, they need to spend THREE WEEKS worth of their total income on school uniforms - income which is needed for food, bills, travel, clothes and any other essentials they might need. This is unaffordable. 
Research from the Child Poverty Action group shows that children who feel unequal to their peers are more likely to have a mental health problem by age 11 and achieve lower grades in their GCSEs. The work we do ensures that children and young people arrive at school fully prepared for their education, with the right uniform, sports kit and equipment - giving them the best chance of a happy and successful education. It also takes the pressure off parents who are doing their best to make ends meet. 
Over the last 5 years we have provided thousands of items of school uniform and school equipment to families who cannot afford it.

We are now ready to ask Schools and the Government to do more to help these families, and families across the country.
 

We need your help.
Secondary school uniforms cost, on average, £316 per year, per child - every year. 
Primary school uniforms cost, on average, £251 per year, per child - every year. 
VAT is charged on school uniforms in larger sizes

There are 4.1 Million children living in poverty in the UK. Families who are living below the minimum income standard cannot afford school uniforms and are relying on charities and good-will to get their children prepared for school. This is not good enough. Schools and government need to take responsibility to ensure that ALL children have equal access to the things they need to make the most of their education. 

What can be done?

  • Schools can sign our Charter to commit to ensuring school uniforms are affordable
  • The government can scrap VAT on ALL school uniforms 

What can I do?

Primary school uniforms cost, on average, £251 per year, per child - every year. 

SIGN OUR PETITION

Ask the Government to scrap VAT on all School Uniforms

SIGN UP TO OUR CHARTER

Ask your school to sign up to our Affordable Uniforms Charter

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Affordable Uniform Charter

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School uniform, in larger sizes, is subject to VAT. 

Clothing and shoes for young children have been charged a zero rate of VAT since the introduction of the tax on 1 April 1973. VAT relief is based on the maximum size an average child will be on their 14th birthday.

So, clothes for older children, as well as many children under the age of 14 who are larger than average, are taxed at 20%, including School Uniform. 

Once we exit the EU on the 29th March 2019 our government will be able to set our own rules about what VAT does and doesn't apply to. This is their chance to do the right thing when it comes to the 4 million children living in poverty, and the many more in their self named 'just about managing' families in the UK. 

We are asking the treasury to scrap VAT on ALL school uniform, to make access to education more affordable for all families. 

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Dear 

 

I am writing to you to ask you to back the campaign to #MakeUniformsAffordable. 

 

Did you know that secondary school uniforms cost, on average, £316 per year, per child - every year and primary school uniforms cost, on average, £251 per year, per child - every year.  At schools where there is no alternative to the high cost of Logo Only or single-supplier items this cost significantly increases - one school in Berkshire, where up to 1 in 4 children are living in poverty, charges £36 for two girls shirts. Also, VAT is charged on school uniforms in larger sizes. 

 

I would like you to back the campaign to encourage all schools to sign up to the Affordable Uniforms Charter (more info on firstdays.net/affordable-uniforms) and also for the government to scrap VAT on all School Uniform, regardless of the size. There is a petition on change.org which I would be grateful if you could share. 

 

There are 4.1 Million children living in poverty in the UK. Families who are living below the minimum income standard cannot afford school uniforms and are relying on charities and good-will to get their children prepared for school. This is not good enough. Schools and government need to take responsibility to ensure that ALL children have equal access to the things they need to make the most of their education.

 

Kind regards, 

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