Students 'completely forgotten' in Budget, says Kilkenny TD

'Not one measure this year to reduce high costs for students accessing further education'

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Budget has made no effort to alleviate previous cuts, says TD Kathleen Funchion

Sinn Féin Education spokesperson Kathleen Funchion TD has said that students have been completely forgotten in this year’s Budget once again.

"Year after year, Budget after Budget, students undertaking Third Level education are on their own under the current Fine Gael/Fianna Fáil government,” said the Kilkenny TD.

"There is not one measure this year to reduce high costs for students accessing further education or towards tackling the extortionate rental and living costs they are faced with. Sinn Féin would reduce the Student Contribution Charge by €500 as proposed in our alternative Budget; we would decrease the adjacent distance criteria for student grants from 45km to 24km, increase maintenance level grants by 5% and increase financial assistance for students.

"These are just some of the measures Sinn Féin would take to help students and ease their burden. Students are hugely affected by the current housing crisis with crippling rents alongside the other costs of attending college in this country.

"Higher education suffered severe cuts in austerity budget after austerity budget and we are now bearing the brunt of those short sighted decisions," she said.

"This Budget has made no effort to alleviate these cuts once again and the drought of core public funding continues."