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Letter from the CMA to schools and school uniform suppliers on competition law

Open letter to head teachers, school governing boards and school uniform suppliers about their obligations to parents under competition law.

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Schools should make sure that there is competition for the supply of school uniforms to parents. Suppliers and retailers should make sure arrangements with schools do not breach competition law.

This open letter explains that some parents in England have been forced to pay more money where schools appoint exclusive uniform suppliers. It sets out the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) concerns in this area.

Published 15 October 2015