CMA response to Scottish Government’s statutory school uniform guidance consultation

The CMA has published its response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the introduction of statutory school uniform guidance.

Applies to Scotland



The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has responded to the consultation from the Scottish Government which sought views on school uniform policy including what should be included within guidance and how best to reduce the cost of school uniforms.

The CMA’s response welcomes the Scottish Government’s commitment to introduce new statutory guidance for school uniforms in Scotland as a way to meet its policy objective to reduce the costs to parents and carers. The CMA sees statutory guidance as a flexible and direct way for governments to encourage schools to consider the financial impact of school uniform policy and how to use competition to deliver better value for money for families.

For queries relating to the response, please contact the CMA advocacy team by email at

Published 5 August 2022