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Back to School Allowance must be increased – Mitchell

15 July, 2016 - by Denise Mitchell TD

Sinn Féin have urged the Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar to increase the back to school clothing and foot wear allowance. Sinn Fein Junior Spokesperson on Social Protection, Denise Mitchell believes the current level is clearly inadequate to come to the level required.

She stated:

“The figures speak for themselves. We have seen the numbers released from Barnardo’s in relation to the cost of getting a child ready for the new school year. Sending one child to primary school costs €390 and secondary school children is €785.

“At the same time as these costs rise, the Government had cut the allowance and still refuse to raise the level.

“Rising the amount for both primary and secondary students was in the Sinn Fein manifesto and is something we feel committed to especially considering the figures from Barnardos.

“We must also look at the survey done by the Irish League of Credit Union published this week which found that 31% of parents are going into debt to cover back to school costs and 13% said that they would have to sacrifice spending on food to cover the expense.

“These are reminders of what parents face at this time of year and a reminder to Government that cuts of the past need to be addressed.”

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