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Greater funding needed for children and schools


By Ann Marie Foley

Research shows that two thirds of the higher costs for older children go towards food, clothing, personal care and social inclusion costs. Some €9.50 of the extra costs goes on second level education expenses.

The Vincentian Partnership for Social Justice has called for more support for older children from the State.

It costs an average of €122 per week to provide a minimum socially acceptable standard of living for an older child.

That is €47 more per week than for a younger primary school child according to the Vincentian Partnership for Social Justice (VPSJ).

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