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Whanau dread uniform bills
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The head of the Mangere Budgeting Service wants schools to rethink their uniforms in light of the financial challenges on families because of COVID-19.

Darryl Evans says with wage subsidies running out people’s anxiety levels are on the rise, as is a demand for food parcels.

Whānau are also looking ahead to next year and the cost of school uniforms, stationery and sports gear.

"In my eyes, a polo shirt is a polo shirt, a pair of shorts is a pair of shorts. We shouldn't be putting high demand on families to be buying branded white shirts. One school I am aware of you have to buy a shirt brand, $71.
I popped into the Warehouse to do a price comparison, a pack of two shirts is $15," he says.

Mr Evans says it’s not good if kids are kept away from schools because parents can’t afford the right clothes.

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