Uniform u-turn welcomed by local MLA

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Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

SDLP MLA Colin McGrath has welcomed the departmental u-turn on assistance for families for school uniforms after the party made representations on the issue.

The South Down MLA said, “The suggested cut to the uniform grant was a bad decision. It was taken for the wrong reasons and overturning it is the right thing to do.

“The proposed cut was an attack on the most vulnerable and would have caused major financial stress for families.

“Many families across my constituency contacted me worried about how they were going to afford uniforms and were daunted with the prospect of not having all that was needed by their children for school in September.

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“My SDLP colleagues and I pressed for a reversal of the decision and made a number of representations to the Department and the Education Authority. I welcome that the decision has been taken to help those that need assistance the most.

He added, “I firmly believe that if we had a functioning Executive this decision would never have been taken and this underscores the need to have our institutions back up and running.”

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