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27,647 children benefit from primary school uniform grant introduced by Minister Ruane

27 September, 2010 - by John O'Dowd

Sinn Fein MLA John O’ Dowd has welcomed a response from the education Minister to a written Assembly question which shows that 27,647 children benefited from the primary school uniform grant first introduced by Caitríona Ruane in 2009. The total grants paid out amounted to £988.336.

Mr O’ Dowd said:

“While I welcome the availability of this grant the rise in the numbers applying this year is an indication of the severe economic climate in which many families now reside. An extra 2,500 children were awarded the grant this year than in 2009.

“The grant of £35 per child will have assisted in some way in assisting families during a very expensive time of the year with children returning to or starting school for the first time as will the widening of the Free School Meals scheme by the Minister which will also assist families in these difficult financial times and go some way in easing the financial pressures faced by many in our society.” CRÍOCH

Notes to Editors:

Copy of question and Answer to and from Dept of Education

Dhearbhaigh na Boird Oideachais agus Leabharlann, a riarann an Scéim um Liúntais Éadaí, gur íoc siad as 27,647 deontas i leith chostas na n-éadaí bunscoile ag costas iomlán de £988,336 roimh thús na scoil bhliana acadúla 2010/11.

The Education and Library Boards, which administer the Clothing Allowances Scheme, have confirmed that by the start of the 2010/11 academic year they had paid 27,647 grants towards the cost of primary school uniforms at a total cost of £988,336.
The value and number of the grants broken down by Education and Library Board area is as follows:-

BELB £217,379 (6,081 grants paid)
NEELB £177,749 (4,972 grants paid)
SEELB £131,310 (3,673 grants paid)
SELB £218,182 (6,103 grants paid)
WELB £243,716 (6,818 grants paid)

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