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Adding Up Campaign With Reference to Kensington & Chelsea Sandra Cuningham & Keith Usher Kensington Citizens Advice Bureau.

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1 Adding Up Campaign With Reference to Kensington & Chelsea Sandra Cuningham & Keith Usher Kensington Citizens Advice Bureau

2 Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea It is the richest local authority in the country There is the perception that all the Boroughs residents are rich 80% of employees work in the service sector Life Expectancy: 10 year gap between those in the least healthy and the most healthy wards

3 Why The Bureau Is Concerned About School Uniform Costs? Citizens Advices national campaign Adding Up Bureau noted a number of clients seeking grants for school uniforms in a Borough that has no history of giving such grants Significant number of these clients had multiple debts, the majority of whom were referred to our money advice project Holland Park School only allows uniform to be bought from their own shop at higher cost than high street shops

4 What Has The Bureau Done? Survey carried out December 2009 of all schools in the Borough about school uniforms and associated school costs and availability of second hand uniforms and information on school trips 22 out of over 30 schools responded Some schools have a part-uniform policy i.e. trousers can be bought on high street. Usually primary schools sell their own t- shirts/sweatshirts Holy Trinity has its school uniform available on the high street and also has a hardship fund at the discretion of school governors, so a positive policy It seems that the primary schools have the more flexible policy All those that commented on school trips said that all trips were educational and essential Some Head Teachers wished to be kept up to date with our campaign

5 What Is The Bureau Currently Doing? Working with the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea and the Kensington & Chelsea Social Council Making others aware of the DCSF School Uniform Guidance – which states that school governing bodies are responsible for whether their school should have a uniform policy. School governing bodies are expected to behave reasonably, considering the impact of their policies on parents and pupils


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