Mike Amesbury MP with a copy of his School Uniforms Bill.
Mike Amesbury MP with a copy of his School Uniforms Bill.

Today (April 28, 2021) my private member’s bill aimed at lowering the cost of school uniforms passed its third and final reading in the House of Lords, which means it’s completed all the stages in Parliament and will become law tomorrow.

This means the government must introduce new, legally binding guidance for schools on the cost of school uniforms in England.

Families from across the country have told me about how they’ve struggled to afford the costs of sending their children to school in the right uniform.

School uniform can and should act as a social leveller in our classrooms – but children whose families can’t afford expensive uniforms can face isolation and even exclusion for not wearing the right clothes.

Thanks to Covid, it’s been a long journey to get this bill through Parliament. But with backing from members of parliament from across the political spectrum, this common-sense piece of legislation will now be able to help families across England.

I’d like to give a big thanks to everyone involved in the campaign, and most importantly to the children and families who have raised this issue for years now and who have directly shaped what this new guidance will look like.

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