Barnardos Back to School Costs Analysis

Barnardos. (2009). Barnardos Back to School Costs Analysis.
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.