Jersey’s Competition Regulatory Authority (JCRA) is to review the market for school uniforms.
The Terms of Reference for the study have been published today, together with a Frequently Asked Questions document. These outline the purpose and approach to the study, which is to review the market and consider whether JCRA recommendations could be used to help improve the competitive process and consumer outcomes.
The JCRA last reviewed the market for school uniforms in 2011, resulting in guidance for schools and other stakeholders on how to improve the competitive process for the benefit of consumers.
Tim Ringsdore, Chief Executive Officer said, “Consumers are facing additional expenditure pressures as a result of inflationary pressure on the cost of living. School uniforms can pose a significant expense on household expenditure, particularly where there is multiple, compulsory, or ‘crested’ items of uniform. We feel this study is necessary and timely.”
Deputy Inna Gardiner, Minister for Children and Education, said: “Over the last few months, I’ve spoken to many parents who are concerned about the cost of school uniforms, especially given the increased cost of living. While individual schools and organisations are finding ways to support parents, it’s important that we look at the broader picture. I look forward to reading the final study once it is prepared and anticipate that we will find new ways to support families.”
Work on the study has begun and a final report is scheduled for publication in April 2023. Next year the JCRA will also study Jersey’s groceries’ market.