SURGE IN EDUCATION COSTS HIGHLIGHTS PRESSURE ON FAMILIES – McCONALOGUE

first_imgFianna Fáil Education Spokesperson Charlie McConalogue has said the latest Consumer Price Index revealing yet another surge in the cost of education highlights the growing pressure on Donegal families.Charlie McConalogue TDAccording to the figures released by the CSO, the cost of education is 4.8% higher than it was this time last year and is one of the main contributors to the increase in inflation.Deputy McConalogue commented, “The cost putting a child through school and college is one of the greatest expenses facing any family. These figures show it has become even more expensive this year. “One of the main reasons for the increase is yet another hike of €250 in the college registration fee this month. Instead of keeping its promise to reduce the cost of third level education, this government has instead done one of its spectacular u-turns and introduced a series of rolling increases that will see the third level registration fees jump to at least €3,000 next year. The Education Minister Ruairí Quinn also cut student grants and abolished the post-graduate grant.”He said that as these costs continue to mount, more and more families will find they simply cannot afford the cost of putting their children through college.“The hikes and cuts in education are just one example of this government’s failure understand the pressures on ordinary families in Donegal. The last two budgets have hammered young families in particular, with cuts in child benefit, taxes on maternity benefit, cuts to the back to school clothing and footwear allowance, increases in utility bills and a new tax on the family home.“This attack on families must stop. As the government gets ready to announce next year’s budget, I am calling on Fine Gael to radically change their approach and start considering the needs of hard pressed families in this region.” SURGE IN EDUCATION COSTS HIGHLIGHTS PRESSURE ON FAMILIES – McCONALOGUE was last modified: September 13th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Charlie McConalogueeducation cutslast_img