Each year families have to fork out for school uniforms – but a campaign, backed by a Lancashire schoolwear firm, could save them cash.
A campaign to reduce VAT on certain school clothes could be back on after Brexit.
The initial bid by the Schoolwear Association gained momentum back in 2007, but despite receiving widespread support, it was thwarted by EU rules on tax.
Organisers say they had MPs and the public on their side, but the plan to cut VAT – charged on items worn by pupils over 14 – was blocked by Brussels.
Now Lancaster firm Uniform and Leisurewear Company is backing the plans to reduce costs.
It already thinks school uniform is a great leveller, meaning that there’s no divide between rich and poor in the fashion stakes, but hopes the VAT changes will work in parents’ favour.
David Hoyle from Uniform and Leisurewear Company said: “The logic behind the cut off at 14 is that smaller adults should not be able to avoid the tax by buying children’s clothes – but logo-bearing school uniforms clearly won’t be worn by anyone else, so we feel they should be exempt.”
A study of 100 schools, carried out by the Schoolwear Association, found the average cost (adops please link behind average cost www.ualonline.com to be £33.48 for a full primary or £88.05 for a full secondary school uniform, making branded clothes a more affordable choice for most parents.
Uniform also builds ‘brand awareness’ and a sense of pride in the school community, says Mr Hoyle, whose firm has recently introduced a saving club to help families budget.
Uniform and Leisurewear Company stocks items all the main Lancashire schools, including Blackpool, Garstang, Kirkham, Lancaster and Morecambe and has items in stock for Ripley and LGGS.
It also has sportswear and workwear. Browse stock online, visit the Lancaster, Blackpool or Garstang branches, or phone 01524 388355.