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Almost A Third Of Parents Going Into Debt To Cover Back To School Costs

Tom Douglas
Tom Douglas

10:18 6 Jul 2022

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Back-to-school measures announced yesterday is 'not the end result', according to the Education Minister.

Norma Foley says she'll be pushing to help more families in the Budget this September.

A new report from the Irish League of Credit Unions found parents of second-level students are spending just over 1,500 euro on sending their child back to school.

It's found almost one third of parents are getting into debt due to rising back to school costs.

the survey also shows the average spend per secondary school child is €1,518, and €1,195 at primary school level.

It comes as families are to get a €100 boost in the back-to-school allowance, along with a package of other measures to help tackle rising costs.

Costs Going Up

League of Credit Unions spokesperson, Paul Bailey, says they've reached record levels:

"Well what we're finding since we began doing this survey back in 2017 is these are the highest costs on record."

"So we're finding secondary school, the cost of sending a child has gone up €27 on last year, up to €1,518."

"For primary school it's gone up €9 to €1,195 [to send a child to primary school]."

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