The cost of school uniforms has been a long-running sore in Northern Ireland. Every year the price of the various items of clothing, including branded PE gear, appears to rise at a much faster rate than the income of the lowest paid in society.
Politicians habitually agree that something must be done to make uniforms more affordable but it never seems to happen.
Now a campaign group, the Parent Engagement Group, has called for an innovative review of the issue. It wants the Department of Education to have statutory powers around uniform guidance and also looking at the uniform grant and eligibility for it.
With backing from three party leaders, a human rights lawyer and two academics this is a move which may well bear fruit.
It certainly deserves to as a survey showed that 94% of those parents questioned were concerned about the cost of uniforms, 70% felt under financial pressure and 75% said the issue affected their health and well-being.
This is an intolerable situation.