Sinn Fein call for increase in back to school allowance

Sinn Fein is demanding the Government immediately increases the back to school allowance.

It’s bringing a motion on the matter forward in the Dail later – saying parents are already dreading the bills for September.

Education spokesperson Donnchadh O’Laoghaire says he wants to see the allowance increased by 50% for those who already get it.

But he also want to see it extended to middle income families.

“About 500,000 extra families, and targeting those families with a combined income of under €80,000, and increasing by 50% for those already getting it.

“What we’re also trying to do is tackle the cost of books, of voluntary contributions and of uniforms.”


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