Back to School Costs Analysis

Barnardos. (2010). Back to School Costs Analysis.
The return to school can bring a sense of excitement and dread for both pupils and parents. The costs associated with getting children ready to begin or return to school can place a huge financial burden on the household budget. The combined costs of school uniforms, books, sports gear, equipment and stationery can be exorbitant especially for families reliant on social welfare or in low paid employment. Although the latest Consumer Price Index showed that prices were lower by 1.1% compared to May 2009, the cost of education saw a yearly increase of 9.1%1. Barnardos remains concerned that the ongoing costs facing families sending children to school will place family finances under increased strain and children under increased pressure, consequently affecting their educational experience and outcomes.