Barnardos: 'Overwhelmed' families applying for school allowances 'in desperation'
Barnardos has said a number of families have applied for the back to school allowance late, out of desperation.
Up to 20,000 families are still waiting to hear if they will get the allowance next month, to help meet the cost of uniforms and books.
The cost of a child starting primary school is around €400, and that jumps to €800 for secondary school students.
The Chief Executive of Barnardos Fergus Finlay said many of the 20,000 families still waiting for the allowance simply will not qualify.
He said: "A large number of families have applied late and probably in desperation.
"Probably because they are overwhelmed by some of the costs they have to try and deal with on the basis of quite a small income.
"I think the sad truth is that an awful lot of these families won't qualify when their cases are examined."
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