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Kelly welcomes decision to reverse cut to school uniform grant

Published: 25 July, 2017

Sinn Féin MLA Catherine Kelly has welcomed a decision by the Education Authority to reverse the cut to the school uniform grant.

The West Tyrone MLA was speaking after Sinn Féin met with the Education Authority in Belfast today.

Catherine Kelly MLA said:

"Sinn Féin opposed this cut since it was announced as it was an attack on children and families from deprived communities.

"We demanded today that the Education Authority reverse this cut so I am delighted that it has now done so.

"Our party leader in the north Michelle O'Neill stressed the unjust nature of this cut to the Interim Head of the Civil Service and why in her view it should be reversed immediately in order to afford families this critical assistance.

"The school uniform grant is a vital resource for many families and makes a real impact on the lives of thousands of children.

"Sinn Féin Minister Caitriona Ruane introduced the primary school uniform grant and her successor John O'Dowd extended the criteria allowing thousands more pupils to benefit.

"This news will provide some reassurance to parents as the processing of applications normally takes place in August."