Deputy Kathleen Funchion
As the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance is released, Sinn Féin Education spokesperson Kathleen Funchion TD has expressed her concern at the burden placed on parents facing back to school costs.
Deputy Funchion said;
“In last year’s pre-budget submission, Sinn Féin suggested a €50 increase in the BSCFA. Unfortunately, this was not delivered by the government.
“Back to school costs are higher than ever and this increase could have helped parents who are struggling financially. In our upcoming pre-budget submissions, we are committed to recommending a number of measures to assist in these struggles.
“Education is a fundamental human right and should be accessible to all members of society regardless of background. The rising costs of children returning to school restricts parents and places those already struggling further into blackholes of debt and hardship.
“We cannot continue to ignore this plight, these parents and children deserve better. The summer months should be an enjoyable break for children and their families but is instead, too often, blighted by the cloud of financial worry hanging over the heads of their parents.
“I implore parents today to ensure they receive their Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance and I would ask the government to strongly consider an increase in the upcoming Budget."