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Highlighting the imbalance in our education system: What can Budget 2019 do?

SVP members know of children that will spend their brief childhood years feeling different and isolated.

Different and isolated because they do not have the correct sized uniform or they cannot go on the school trip because their parents cannot afford the costs involved. This, not surprisingly leads to under-achievement in the education system for marginalised and vulnerable individuals and groups in Irish society, many of whom SVP members support.

“We know one mother in extreme financial difficulty who went to a post primary school with €200 (out of the combined weekly Social Welfare payment of €360 for herself, her husband and her daughter) towards her daughter's trip which cost €640. They lived on meagre fare for the week and paid no bills, but there was a deadline for the payment of the money!” - SVP volunteer North East Region

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