Over 3,600 families receive Back to School Allowance
A total of 3,673 local families have benefited from Government funding to help with back to school costs.
Some €1,161,625 in Government funding has been paid to help meet the back to school costs of 3,673 Wicklow families, Fine Gael TD and Minister of State Andrew Doyle said.
The Back to School allowance is paid to parents to assist them in purchasing uniforms and footwear for the return to school this week. This year, children and parents benefited from an increase of up to €50 from the scheme.
Minister Doyle said: 'Parents face significant costs at the start of every school year. The Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance is one of the single most effective ways for the Government to help families with school costs.
'This year some 194,000 children around the country will benefit from an increase to the payment of up to €50.
'Fine Gael is committed to ensuring that the Government offers a helping hand when it's needed, to ensure everyone gets a fair chance and reaches their full potential. By helping parents with back to school costs, providing 2,800 extra teachers and 1,000 extra SNA's in our schools around the country, we will create a Republic of Opportunity and a brighter future for the children of Ireland.'