Fine Gael TD for Dublin Fingal, Alan Farrell, has stated that the fact that back to school costs are falling, as outlined in Barnardos’ School Costs Survey, is positive news for families throughout Dublin Fingal.
“Many families face increased stress when back to school time comes around each year. I am pleased that the costs associated with children returning to school are falling at both primary and secondary level, and in particular, that the costs of school uniforms and books are falling.”
“It is encouraging that more school book rental schemes have been introduced in schools throughout the country and such schemes can do a great deal to alleviate the financial pressure faced by parents at this time of year. As Barnardos outlined in the School Costs Survey, 68% of parents have access to a school book rental scheme this year, in comparison to 55% in 2013 and 50% in 2012.”
“I would, once again, urge parents who may qualify for the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance to apply. This allowance will be automatically approved for those families who have previously qualified and are deemed eligible again this year, without the need for them to re-apply.”
“The Government is committed to supporting families who need assistance as they prepare their children to return to school. €15 million was allocated for school book rental schemes and almost €48 million was allocated under the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance last year. I will continue to work in the best interests of school and families throughout the constituency.”