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The new terms costs parents £2bn

New research from Santander Credit Cards has revealed that the total cost of kitting out a child with clothes, books, stationery and other necessities in preparation for the new school term is an eye-watering £2bn, equivalent to about £177.28 per child.

And the cost of keeping under 18s in school once term begins, including packed lunches, bus fares, school trips and after-school activities, totals £446m per week or about £38.81 per school child – or £1,514 per school year.

On a per child basis, school uniform (£39.49), school shoes (£26.39) and jackets and coats (£21.26) are the biggest outlays in advance of school term time.

Once the term begins, the biggest regular outgoings, per child per week, are packed lunches (£6.97), school dinners (£5.25), and bus or train fares (£4.19), the research has shown.

Parents also collectively spend £862m on fuel per year and travel 4.8 billion miles.

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