Government accused of leaving behind cash-strapped middle income families | BreakingNews latest
Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald said families on modest incomes are ‘fighting to stay afloat’.
The Sinn Féin leader has accused the Government of leaving behind middle income families, as she called for the back to school allowance to be extended to another 500,000 children.
Mary Lou McDonald said that a household with income of €621 a week will not be eligible for the school allowance.
She told the Dáil that families on modest incomes are “fighting to stay afloat” amid the cost-of-living crisis.
The Government on Tuesday announced that the back to school allowance is to increase by €100 per child, as part of a €67 million package announced to help with the cost-of-living crisis.
The Government must extend the Back to School Allowance to those on modest and middle incomes.
The Government cannot leave these families and children struggling on their own. – @MaryLouMcDonald pic.twitter.com/cZPFMFcVFGAdvertisement
— Sinn Féin (@sinnfeinireland) July 6, 2022
The allowance of €160 is currently available to children who are aged between four and 11 on September 30th.
However, the Government is under pressure to extend the eligibility criteria to include more families.
Minister for Public Expenditure Michael McGrath said that while the announcement of further funding will not offset all costs, it will assist thousands of struggling families.
Ms McDonald accused Mr McGrath and the Government of leaving behind middle income families “who are in dire straits”.
“Any family with a household income of €621 a week won’t get a red cent a back to school allowance,” Ms McDonald said.