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Impact Of School Costs On Families And Child Poverty

EDM number 1234 in 2007-08, proposed by John Battle on 19/03/2008.
Categorised under the topics of Consumers, Incomes and poverty and Schools.

That this House notes the publication of Adding up: The Range and Impact of School Costs on Families by the School Costs Coalition; further notes that the report reveals restrictive supply arrangements making school uniforms unaffordable, restrictive costs for learning materials such as books, sports kits and art equipment and disadvantaged pupils missing school trips due to charges and widespread bad practice on making information available to pupils and parents when payments are voluntary and help with costs is available; expresses concern that over 70 per cent. of both primary and secondary school parent respondents find it difficult to meet all the costs associated with their child's education, with many experiencing distress from high school cost demands; is further concerned at reports that pupils whose families are unable to meet school costs are frequently bullied and disciplined as a consequence; recognises the need to address school costs to help eliminate child poverty and improve educational attainment; calls on schools and local authorities to monitor charging policies, disseminate good practice and make sure that parents are made aware of help with costs in non-stigmatising ways; and calls on the Government to make the school costs requirements of the Admissions Code enforceable in their own right, with extension of powers to the Schools Adjudicator to allow parents to make direct complaints where school costs requirements are not complied with, and to consider a statutory duty on local authorities to provide uniform grants for families in receipt of maximum child tax credit.

This motion has been signed by a total of 78 MPs.

John Battle19/03/2008Leeds WestLabourProposed
Steve Webb19/03/2008NorthavonLiberal DemocratSeconded
Bob Russell19/03/2008ColchesterLiberal DemocratSeconded
Kelvin Hopkins20/03/2008Luton NorthLabourSeconded
Clive Efford20/03/2008ElthamLabourSeconded
David Crausby20/03/2008Bolton North EastLabourSeconded
Lynne Jones20/03/2008Birmingham, Selly OakLabourSigned
Roger Williams25/03/2008Brecon and RadnorshireLiberal DemocratSigned
Betty Williams25/03/2008ConwyLabourSigned
Desmond Turner25/03/2008Brighton, KemptownLabourSigned
Mike Hancock25/03/2008Portsmouth SouthLiberal DemocratSigned
Andrew George25/03/2008St IvesLiberal DemocratSigned
Paul Flynn25/03/2008Newport WestLabourSigned
Mark Durkan25/03/2008FoyleSocial Democratic and Labour PartySigned
Jim Dobbin25/03/2008Heywood and MiddletonLabourSigned
Jeremy Corbyn25/03/2008Islington NorthLabourSigned
Harry Cohen25/03/2008Leyton and WansteadLabourSigned
Colin Burgon25/03/2008ElmetLabourSigned
Paul Holmes25/03/2008ChesterfieldLiberal DemocratSigned
Bob Spink25/03/2008Castle PointIndependent ConservativeSigned
David Simpson25/03/2008Upper BannDUPSigned
David Drew25/03/2008StroudLabourSigned
Ronnie Campbell26/03/2008Blyth ValleyLabourSigned
Mark Hunter26/03/2008CheadleLiberal DemocratSigned
Stephen Williams26/03/2008Bristol WestLiberal DemocratSigned
Jo Swinson26/03/2008East DunbartonshireLiberal DemocratSigned
Phil Willis26/03/2008Harrogate and KnaresboroughLiberal DemocratSigned
Rudi Vis26/03/2008Finchley and Golders GreenLabourSigned
Hywel Francis26/03/2008AberavonLabourSigned
Edward Davey26/03/2008Kingston and SurbitonLiberal DemocratSigned
John Cummings26/03/2008EasingtonLabourSigned
Martin Caton26/03/2008GowerLabourSigned
Alan Meale26/03/2008MansfieldLabourSigned
John McDonnell26/03/2008Hayes and HarlingtonLabourSigned
Alasdair McDonnell26/03/2008Belfast SouthSocial Democratic and Labour PartySigned
Lindsay Hoyle26/03/2008ChorleyLabourSigned
Alan Simpson26/03/2008Nottingham SouthLabourSigned
Andrew Stunell27/03/2008Hazel GroveLiberal DemocratSigned
Colin Breed27/03/2008South East CornwallLiberal DemocratSigned
Brian Jenkins27/03/2008TamworthLabourSigned
Nick Harvey27/03/2008North DevonLiberal DemocratSigned
Glenda Jackson27/03/2008Hampstead and HighgateLabourSigned
Ann Cryer31/03/2008KeighleyLabourSigned
Adrian Sanders31/03/2008TorbayLiberal DemocratSigned
Sandra Osborne01/04/2008Ayr, Carrick and CumnockLabourSigned
David Hamilton01/04/2008MidlothianLabourSigned
Robert Wareing01/04/2008Liverpool, West DerbyIndependentSigned
John Leech01/04/2008Manchester, WithingtonLiberal DemocratSigned
Dai Davies01/04/2008Blaenau GwentIndependentSigned
Andy Reed02/04/2008LoughboroughLabourSigned
Janet Dean02/04/2008BurtonLabourSigned
David Heyes03/04/2008Ashton-under-LyneLabourSigned
Edward O'Hara03/04/2008Knowsley SouthLabourSigned
Lady Hermon21/04/2008North DownUUPSigned
Doug Naysmith21/04/2008Bristol North WestLabourSigned
Michael Jabez Foster21/04/2008Hastings and RyeLabourSigned
Jim Devine21/04/2008LivingstonLabourSigned
Eric Illsley22/04/2008Barnsley CentralLabourSigned
Paul Truswell22/04/2008PudseyLabourSigned
Richard Burden24/04/2008Birmingham, NorthfieldLabourSigned
Bill Etherington24/04/2008Sunderland NorthLabourSigned
Andrew MacKinlay29/04/2008ThurrockLabourSigned
Alan Beith29/04/2008Berwick-upon-TweedLiberal DemocratSigned
Phyllis Starkey30/04/2008Milton Keynes South WestLabourSigned
Denis Murphy07/05/2008WansbeckLabourSigned
Mohammad Sarwar19/05/2008Glasgow CentralLabourSigned
Sandra Gidley02/06/2008RomseyLiberal DemocratSigned
Lynne Featherstone05/06/2008Hornsey and Wood GreenLiberal DemocratSigned
Christopher Huhne11/06/2008EastleighLiberal DemocratSigned
Mark Oaten25/06/2008WinchesterLiberal DemocratSigned
John Grogan30/06/2008SelbyLabourSigned
Laura Moffatt22/07/2008CrawleyLabourSigned
Hugh Bayley22/07/2008City of YorkLabourSigned
Brian Iddon06/10/2008Bolton South EastLabourSigned
Jeremy Browne06/10/2008TauntonLiberal DemocratSigned
Jim Cousins07/10/2008Newcastle upon Tyne CentralLabourSigned
Joe Benton09/10/2008BootleLabourSigned
Jim Dowd21/10/2008Lewisham WestLabourSigned

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