Barnardos. (2009). Barnardos Back to School Costs Analysis. https://knowledge.barnardos.ie/handle/20.500.13085/672
With September looming and the new school year fast approaching, parents are
getting their children ready to begin or return to school. This can place parents under
a huge financial burden on the household budget. The combined costs of school
uniforms, books, sports gear, equipment and stationery can be exorbitant especially
for families reliant on social welfare or in low paid employment. The Consumer Price
Index in June showed a 4.5% yearly increase in the cost of education. Barnardos
remains concerned that the ongoing costs facing families sending children to school
will place family finances under increased strain and children under increased
pressure affecting their education experience and outcomes.
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