Senator Fiona O’Loughlin calls for an end to voluntary contributions

Fianna Fail education spokesperson Senator Fiona O’Loughlin has called on the Minister for Education, Finance and Public expenditure to raise the capitation grant and do away with voluntary contributions once and for all.

Senator O’Loughlin said, “I welcome the huge investment that has been made by Government to ease the back t school cost for families. The €100 increase in the back-to-school allowance as well as the extension of school meals and free school travel will make a huge difference to tens of thousands of families.”

“However, I do believe that in the upcoming pre budget talks, that Ministers should be discussing an increase in the capitation grant with a view to abolishing the voluntary contribution.”

Fiona concluded by saying “We all know that in most cases the voluntary contribution is not voluntary, and many parents simply cannot afford it, but do absolutely feel pressured to pay. I think it is time we did away with the dreaded voluntary contributions.