Urgent action needed to cut school uniform costs

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Urgent action is needed to cut school uniform costs as they are putting huge pressure on families’ finances, Sinn Féin’s Louis O’Hara has said.

O’Hara, who the party’s representative in Galway East, said that families across the county are already being hit by the cost of living crisis as prices are spiralling.

“Many simply cannot afford these back-to-school costs which can reach thousands of Euro,” he said.

O’Hara said that his party wants to cut the costs of school uniforms which is one of the biggest costs for many families as they return to school this August.

“We see families spending hundreds of euro on school uniforms, tracksuits, shoes and other items of clothing every summer and the huge financial burden this causes families.

“Many will be worrying about how they will manage to pay that this year.”

Sinn Féin’s Education Spokesperson Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD has brought forward legislation to cut the costs of school uniforms, to ensure that every school has an affordable uniform policy.

O’Hara said this would make a real difference in cutting costs for families in Galway and ensuring they get a much-needed break from the cost of living crisis.