CASH-strapped parents are set to be badly hit if a cost-cutting move to axe school uniform grants goes ahead.
Currently, Lancashire County Council gives £90 to parents on low incomes whose children are starting secondary school, allowing them to buy uniforms.
But now bosses are looking to axe the grants as part of a £2M cutback across the county.
The move has come under fire from Hyndburn councillors who say it will leave poor parents out of pocket.
Hyndburn Council leader Peter Britcliffe said: "This will be a real blow for people as it is expensive for parents when their children start secondary school.
"The services we get from Lancashire County Council are minimal enough and when people pay their council tax they have a right to expect something for it."
County Councillor Alan Whittaker, Cabinet member for schools, said: "This year's budget is particularly difficult and I have had to make savings of more than £2M from the budget for children and young people to keep any increase in council tax below the five per cent limit set by the Government.
"The provision of clothing grants is discretionary and has for some years only been available to parents in the year their child is transferring from primary to secondary school.
"Last year the available grant was issued to approximately 2,200 recipients. Lancashire has more than 177,000 children in school.
"Many local authorities have abandoned this provision in the light of recent developments which make school uniform more affordable. It is now available from major supermarkets.
"Extra money in the form of child tax credits has also been provided by the Government. Many schools have systems that allow items of uniform to be re-distributed.
"Cutting grants for school uniforms is not an easy decision to have to take but it is something I have had to do in the light of even more difficult alternatives."