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Inishowen families to lose school "life-line" 15.05.13

INISHOWEN families face "an extremely difficult autumn" as education costs soar and the Back to School Allowance is cut, says local TD Charlie McConalogue.
He said many low-income families will be hit with the €50 cut in the Back to School Allowance this summer.
“It has slipped many people’s minds that the Government slashed the Back to School Allowance in the Budget, and that the cuts will kick in this summer.
“The allowance is being cut by €50 per child for the new school year. It means the payment for children over the age of 12 will reduce from €250 to €200 this summer, while the payment for children between 4 and 11 will go down from €150 to €100," he said.
He said the allowance was "a life-line" for struggling families as they grapple with big bills for uniforms, sports gear, school books, stationery and other essential school equipment.
“I am meeting families in Donegal every single day who feel they just can’t afford more bills, more increases in basic household costs and more cuts in supports for families.
"They are squeezed beyond capacity as it is. Young middle and low income families feel they are being hit from every angle at the moment and they just can’t take any more cuts,” added Deputy McConalogue.
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