Wicklow Sinn Féin TD John Brady has said that there is in an urgent need to tackle Back to School costs; adding that Sinn Féin have proposed a €140 ‘Back to School Bonus’ to be paid to all families in the summer months to help tackle the cost of sending children back to school.
The proposal was contained in a new policy document ‘Lets End Back to School Stress’ published by Sinn Féin.
Speaking after a Sinn Féin say of action Deputy Brady said:
“Back to School costs make the summer months an extremely difficult time for many households. Every summer parents are put to the pin of their collar trying to organise uniforms, shoes, books, so-called ‘voluntary contributions’ and much more.
“More than any other time of year, it is abundantly clear that ‘free education’ is a myth and parents are forking out, on average, €949 to get children ready for primary school and €1,399 for secondary school. All of this is contributing to financial worry for many and that is why Sinn Féin are proposing a new ‘Back to School Bonus’ of €140 to be paid to all families in July.
“This would be a double payment of Child Benefit to be paid to all families for each child, which would go some way to tackling rising Back to School costs and help ease the burden on families during the summer months.
“We would also tackle the increasing use of so-called ‘voluntary contributions’ by properly funding schools through restoring Capitation Grants to pre-recession levels. We would also legislate to ensure that schools work towards providing affordable uniforms, as well as increasing funding to the School Books Scheme to deliver free schoolbooks for all school children.”