Bring back local uniform suppliers! Parents should have a choice!

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Bring back local uniform suppliers! Parents should have a choice!

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Lisa Hulse started this petition to Pontefract Academies Trust (Julian Appleyard OBE)

With Pontefract Academies Trust changing the uniform supplier for high schools to a sole internet business has in turn caused real disruption, worry and concern. And for many has turned the last week of the school holidays into a nightmare. In fact, some children started their brand new schools with no uniforms as they hadn’t been received, even though they had been on order for several weeks.

There is the huge impact on the 2 local businesses that are no longer eligible to sell the stock, losing hundreds and hundreds of pounds worth of orders.  Shouldn’t we be supporting our local businesses and showing our children to do the same to keep our town centres alive?  Parents and carers have never experienced the high level of uniform supply issues in previous years when local businesses have been used.

It is also important to highlight the issues for parents on limited budgets.  Some parents are in a position where they shouldn’t have to make the horrible decision of whether to buy uniforms or to buy enough food for the week. With local suppliers, parents can spread the cost of the uniform out, buying items over a period of time ready for the start of school.  The same can’t be said for the internet supplier - having to pay £3.95 for each delivery.  

The internet supplier themselves had orders that had still not been despatched with only days left before start of term! Some parents have only received part orders, orders have gone missing, wrong sizes sent, quality issues etc.  This has caused extra stress and worry to the children ready to start high school, at a time when they will be naturally feeling nervous anyway - causing extra worry as to whether their uniform would arrive is absurd.

In an ideal world I would like to see the business go back to the 2 local suppliers in town as it has been for years.  But even to have the choice of using the local suppliers as well as the internet supplier would be a huge step in the right direction.  We should be able to choose where we buy the uniforms from and not be dictated to. 

Please sign the petition if you agree that we need to bring back our local suppliers. 

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