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Wednesday 23 April 2014

Council to appeal for help for parents crippled by school costs

BALBRIGGAN Town Council is to write to the Department of Education appealing for help for hard-pressed parents crippled by the cost of school books.

The issue was raised by Cllr. Monica Harford (Lab) who proposed a motion saying: 'Balbriggan Town Council call on the Department of Education to review the current method whereby people are faced with extremely high costs to provide school books for school-going children of all ages by introducing a system that will ease the burden somewhat.'

Cllr. Harford said that back-toschool costs were 'crippling people' and that the allowances already available for vulnerable families were 'nowhere near what's needed'. She also expressed frustration at constant changes to school books that made them impossible to hand down or sell on, a point that Cathaoirleach of the town council, Larry Dunne (FG), a teacher himself, agreed with. The town council agreed to send a letter to the Department of Education on the issue.

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