The UK OFT finds that almost three-quarters of state schools continue to restrict the availability of uniforms fact that results in price differences to the detriment of parents (School uniforms)

Back to school for the OFT?* On 25 October 2012 the Office of Fair Trading announced that it had written to the head teachers of almost 30,000 State schools to draw attention to the high price of school uniforms. The high price is caused in part by 74% of schools requiring parents to purchase uniforms from a single, named retailer or from the school itself. This has created a captive market for chosen suppliers, allowing them to charge an additional £52 million per year (see para 2.3 of the OFT’s 2006 school uniforms review). The October 2012 letter advises schools either to cease specifying from whom uniforms may be obtained, or to award the right to supply on a basis that takes into account the cost to parents. The letter does not specify what the OFT will do if the schools fail to

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Okeoghene Odudu, The UK OFT finds that almost three-quarters of state schools continue to restrict the availability of uniforms fact that results in price differences to the detriment of parents (School uniforms), 25 October 2012, e-Competitions Bulletin October 2012, Art. N° 61875

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