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Calls for help with education costs to SVP increase for the third year in a row

Analysis of calls this summer show a 4% increase in requests for help from families struggling with the cost of education.


In August, SVP took approximately 250 to 300 calls per day from worried parents.

  • This increase comes after SVP reported a 20% jump in requests for help with school costs in 2018. The smaller rise in calls this year suggests that the increase in the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance in 2019 has lifted some of the pressure on struggling families. However, with requests increasing for a third year in a row, SVP says much greater investment in the education system is needed so that costs aren’t a barrier to participation at primary and secondary level.
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