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The Wrong Blazer: Time for action on school uniform costs

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Exposing the true impact of poverty on school life

The Children's Commission on Poverty has been led by children to discover, for the first time, what poverty really looks like – through young eyes. 

The young commissioners have led an inquiry into the true costs of school life for children living in poverty. Most recently, a new short report, The Wrong Blazer, revealed the shocking true costs of school uniforms and the daily impact felt by children whose families can't afford these.

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Following their comprehensive investigations, the young commissioners launched their overarching report and recommendations in October 2014 making it clear that urgent change is needed to make sure that all children living in poorer families are not isolated, stigmatised or excluded from opportunities at school.

Full report: At what cost? Exposing the impact of poverty on school life

Executive summary: At what cost? Exposing the impact of poverty on school life

‘I hope that the voices of young people within policy can be heard more and more. I believe we should be listened to more when tackling the big issues — like child poverty — facing our society today.’

Yousif, age 19, young commissioner