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To: Minister for Education, Michelle McIlveen MLA
Affordable School Uniforms for All
Include legislation to regulate schools uniform policies as part of the current Review of Free School Meals and Uniform Grants.
Why is this important?
Many parents and families in Northern Ireland are coming under unbearable financial pressure due to the arbitrary and expensive school uniform requirements. In addition to a school uniform, many schools also insist on bespoke, branded sportswear for PE lessons, particular emblems, or have contracts for branded items with specific uniform suppliers.
The recent temporary 20% uplift in the school uniform grant is not enough. Many parents and children are put under stress and pushed into debt trying to meet these unnecessary costs.
England and Wales have brought in legislation that ensures schools uniform requirements are affordable. The same is needed in Northern Ireland.