Parents’ school pinch

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PARENTS in the region are set to feel the squeeze as they prepare to spend as much as £200 on back to school gear.

A report by Staples has revealed that North East parents spend an average of £4,700 kitting out their children throughout their school careers – that is £198.43 every year on things like uniforms and new shoes.

The economic crisis means 72 per cent of parents are now worrying about affording the essentials, with some saving for two months just to buy the things their child needs.

Amee Chande, MD, UK Retail and Direct at Staples, said: ‘’The list of things a child needs for the new school year can feel endless, especially if you have more than one school-age child you need to kit out.”

“With the recession hitting families hard, many parents have no choice but to save money wherever they can, meaning the back-to-school shop has had to change.”