Action needs to be taken around back-to-school costs – Kathleen Funchion TD
Sinn Féin’s Education spokesperson Kathleen Funchion TD has described the fact third of parents say they're in debt due to back to school costs “alarming but not surprising”.
This comes as it is revealed that 27% of parents are using money lenders rather than credit unions or banks for loans.
The Carlow/Kilkenny TD said:
"There has been a serious delay this year with the payment of the back to school clothing and footwear allowance, with no time frame for payment from the department.
"Also a large number of parents do not qualify for this scheme, we need to see capitation rates increased to schools but also rules around generic uniforms and book rental schemes need to be seriously looked at by the department.
"Every year parents face the same stress and worry, we are only a few short weeks away from the start of a new term and action needs to be taken on this matter."