Back-to-school costs means tough math homework for parents

Joanne Hunt: Some six in 10 parents say preparing for return to school is a financial burden

It is estimated that a parent of a primary school child will pay €1,186 to get them in the school gate this year. Photograph: iStock

It is estimated that a parent of a primary school child will pay €1,186 to get them in the school gate this year. Photograph: iStock

School’s out for summer, but parents have some tough homework to do. Back to school costs have increased again this year and, for many, the maths just doesn’t add up.

Some six in 10 parents say back to school costs are a financial burden, according to an Irish League of Credit Unions (Ilcu) survey. Of course they do. Average net monthly income clocks in at around €3,000. And it is estimated that a parent of a primary school child will pay €1,186 to get them in the school gate this year.

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