Gordon has welcomed Labour’s decision to put a price cap on school uniforms costs – saying it will help thousands of parents across Blackpool, who are struggling to make ends meet.
The new policy announced by Shadow Education Secretary Angela Rayner at the Party Conference, could save families across Blackpool hundreds of pounds a year and ensure that no child loses out in school because of high uniform costs.
Gordon said: “After nine years of cuts by Tory – led governments – over £750 million less in funds locally across Blackpool alone – families are struggling to make ends meet. I and my office see it every week with the people coming into my office for help and advice. That includes issues around the cost of uniforms, other school clothing and other extras which parents can be asked to contribute because cuts in their school’s funding have bitten so deep.
“Sadly despite the Government promising four years ago to tackle the rising costs of school uniforms, nothing has been done. Their own analysis for what it costs families to kit out children for school uniform came up with an average of well over £300 per pupil. This is simply far too much for most parents to bear.
“So I‘m delighted, not just as a local MP but also part of our Shadow Education team in Parliament , that Labour is pledging that in Government it will introduce a price cap on uniforms to save money for parents. No child should be left behind in their educational progress because of the exorbitant cost of school uniforms.”
‘This policy will be a welcome relief for many young families in Blackpool, who are already struggling to juggle the costs of other bills.”
Research by the national Children’s Society found a million children across the UK had parents who were in debt due to uniform costs. It also found many other parents had children in school in ill-fitted uniform, resulting in them being sent home for wearing the wrong uniform.
Lesley Williams, a mum from Blackpool said: “The school uniform cap policy is definitely a great idea. The costs of uniform soon adds up and this leaves parents worrying how they will afford everything else. A cap would help parents who are not on a big income with the other bills they will have to pay.”