James Kelly MSP

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I challenged John Swinney on the cost of school uniform at education questions in Holyrood.

The Child Poverty Action Group estimate the basic minimum cost of a school uniform to be £129, not including other cost issues throughout the school year caused by growth and wear and tear.

The recommended minimum cost of a school clothing grant is £70, well below the average cost of a uniform. Coupled with the fact that £170 million is being cut from local authorities budgets this year by this Government, the SNP need to realise that their policies are just passing on Tory austerity to low-income families.

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