SA brands Budget “disappointing”
Industry association disappointed following Budget announcement.
By Laura Turner
20 March 2013
The Schoolwear Association, which represents those involved in the supply of school-specific uniform and promotes the benefits of school specific uniform to schools, students and parents, has described today’s Budget announcement as “disappointing”.
Commenting on the announcement, Donald Moore, managing director of school knitwear manufacturer Rowlinson Knitwear and board member of the Schoolwear Association, wanted to see a reduction in VAT to help hard-pressed parents.
“We were disappointed that the government didn’t listen when we campaigned against raising the VAT rate on clothes for over 14s,” says Moore, who is also a former chairman of the Schoolwear Association.
“We didn’t expect a U-turn on that policy this budget, but we would have liked to have seen a reduction in the general VAT rate. It’s discouraging that there is no short-term prospect of boosting the economy and disposable income of parents.”
Moore also notes that the Chancellor should have done more to help small businesses. “Our industry has more than 1,000 small businesses from manufacturers to wholesalers and retail members on almost every high street in the country,” he says. “Like independents everywhere, they deserve more support from the government.”
The Schoolwear Association represents those involved in the supply of school specific uniform, including retailers, direct to school suppliers, manufacturers, distributors, wholesalers, suppliers, decorators, agents and schools.
Established in 2006, the Association has over 300 members representing all areas of the UK school-specific uniform trade.
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