Over €1.5m in Back to School allowance granted in Shannonside region

Over €1.5 million in Government funding has been paid to 4,336 families in the Shannonside region this month to help them meet their back to school costs.

The Back to School Allowance is paid to parents to help them buy uniforms and footwear for the return to school this week.

 

According to the figures released by the government, 1,741 families in Longford received over €600,000, while €592,000 was granted under the scheme to 1,695 families in Roscommon.

In Leitrim a total of 900 families received €310,000 in suppor and this year parents benefitted from an increase of up to €50 from the scheme.

Welcoming the funding Fine Gael TD Tony McLoughlin said parents face significant costs at the start of every school year and the allowance is one of the most effective ways for the Government to help families with school costs.

Separately, in a pre-budget submission the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul has called on the Government to restore the allowance to 2011 levels.

It would see the grant increased to €200 from its current rate of €125 for children under 12 and up to €305 per child from its current level of €250 for children aged over 12.

They estimate the increases would cost €19 million.