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“Back-To-School Costs Pushing Families Against the Wall” - Mullen

Aontú deputy leader Denise Mullen has said that back to school costs are pushing families against a wall 

Speaking today, Cllr. Denise Mullen said “The Stormont politicians are playing games while many families across the North are struggling to get the money together to cover back to school costs. The average price of uniforms is now £826. This will push 38% of families into debt. Even more than that, 72% of Northern parents said that they are stretched to the limit by school costs. The pathetic increase to the uniform grant will not cover spiralling costs.”

Cllr. Mullen continued “This is only a small part of the crippling educational crisis in the North. I’m hearing the most heart-breaking stories of the immense stress and pressure that back-to-school costs are putting on families across our community.  Economic justice is a core pillar of Aontú. We need serious long-term solutions, rather than token gestures from Stormont.”

“While statutory guidance on uniforms would be a significant step in the right direction, we need a functioning government to properly address the many aspects of this crisis. As the next school year rapidly approaches, the political pantomime that goes on in Stormont is now pushing families against the wall and threatening the education of our children. It needs to stop” concluded Cllr. Mullen




By Aontú Press | 11 August, 2022

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