COST-OF-LIVING SHOCKER FOR LOCAL FAMILIES

Thousands of dollars has been ripped out of the Manly economy thanks to the Minns Labor Government’s decision to slash the former Coalition Government’s Back to School Vouchers.

Member for Manly, James Griffin said the program, which had been hugely popular, gave parents three $50 vouchers per child to help with the cost of school supplies, uniforms and technology.

“As parents and students prepare for a new school year, the pain of this decision is being felt right across our local community."

“The cost of going back to school can be significant for local families, particularly when the cost of living remains so high,” Mr. Griffin said.

“With the cost of books, uniforms, stationery, new shoes and technology devices, families can expect to pay hundreds of dollars to have their children ready for the new school year.

“The former Coalition Government’s Back to School Vouchers were a much needed helping hand for many families, providing $150 per child towards the cost of essential school items.”

Mr Griffin said the Labor Government has cut the vouchers with no plans to replace them with any meaningful cost-of-living measures, resulting in local families being forced to pay more at the start of Term 1.

He said, “This cut is in addition to the Labor Government’s decision to cut Active Kids, Creative Kids and First Lap Vouchers.

“The Labor Government is continuing to cut back on cost-of-living relief at a time when families can least afford it.

“We need the Labor Government to urgently reconsider this decision so that parents can begin buying school supplies without having to make cuts elsewhere in the household budget,” Mr Griffin said.