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School Uniform Costs — [Mark Pritchard in the Chair]

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 2:30 pm on 5th November 2019.

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Photo of Holly Lynch Holly Lynch Labour, Halifax 2:30 pm, 5th November 2019

I am grateful to my hon. Friend for securing this debate and for sharing that example with us. She is making a powerful speech. A Huffington Post journalist recently visited Moorside primary school in Halifax and published an article that reflected not only on cuts in schools but on how poverty at home had an impact on a child’s learning, through hunger in the classroom and school uniforms. The article included some incredibly powerful images of tiny children’s feet in pumps with holes in them and of holes in school uniform sleeves. Does my hon. Friend agree that while the Government do support a number of schemes to make sure that children are fed and can learn in the classroom, there is not a great deal of support for families to pay uniform costs?