Councillor calls for spreading of costs across school year

A Kerry councillor says a new strategy is needed to help parents to manage the financial cliff that comes with back-to-school costs every September. Norma Moriarty 1 Dáil candidate, Norma Moriarty says a survey from the Irish League of Credit Unions – which found that parents face costs of an average of €400 to send a child to school each September – is just the tip of the iceberg. Cllr Moriarty says the costs need to be spread across the year to avoid a financial cliff at the end of the summer months. She expressed concerns that many parents, feeling trapped by the significant one-off costs that come with the new school term, could feel pressured to turn to money lenders.