Watford Mayor Peter Taylor has challenged the county council over moves to cut school uniform costs.
Government guidelines state that from the fall of this year, schools are required to limit branded items and limit the amount families have to pay.
The mayor challenged Hertfordshire County Council to explain what steps are being taken to ensure every school in the county implements these new rules.
The county council said school uniforms were not under the control of local authorities, but had amplified government guidelines on communicating with schools.
Council leader Cllr Richard Roberts said: “I personally think a uniform can provide a great sense of pride and belonging to a school, but it doesn’t have to be an expensive uniform.”
Cllr Roberts also urged parents to speak to their school to access support, such as second-hand uniform sales and funds for eligible families.
He also pointed to existing support offered by the council, such as free school meals, travel, childcare, school milk and holiday camps.
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. mayor Watford challenges council county on the costs of the school uniforms