Where is the Recovery for Struggling Families? – Senator Reilly
Speaking today Sinn Fein Seanad Spokesperson on Education, Senator Kathryn Reilly, expressed concern about the recent Irish League of Credit Unions survey outlining the high rates of back to school costs and the difficulties these costs are posing for families across the county.
Senator Reilly stated:
“This survey and the results it produced highlight the reality for many families around the county when it comes to back to school time.
“It is a very sad day for Ireland when a survey shows that seven out of ten parents admit that 'back to school' costs will negatively impact household bills and family plans, and that 16 percent of families surveyed state that they will have to sacrifice spending on food to meet the school expenses.
“That there are families in Ireland left with the choice between having their child educated and paying a bill or having a meal is worrying in the extreme.
“There is a responsibility on the part of the government to address this as a matter of urgency.
“The Minister for Education has the statutory power to compel schools to adopt particular policies under the Education Act regarding school uniforms or any other issues.
“The Minister should be using that power to reduce the burden on struggling families, because neither parents nor children should be going hungry because families can’t cover the cost of school uniforms and books.”