Parents fear loss of state allowance will affect children’s education


It’s the out-of-the-blue school expenses that put Allyson Griffith, a full-time student and single mother of three, under severe financial stress.

Next year Ms Griffith worries she will not be able to afford school camps at all when the Victorian government abolishes the Education Maintenance Allowance.


This payment provides more than 200,000 Victorian students from low-income families with up to $300 to help cover the cost of books, uniforms, excursions and, increasingly, computers.


The Victorian Council of Social Service will launch a ”cover the costs’‘ campaign on Monday, calling on political parties in the lead-up to the state election to commit to assisting families meet education costs.”

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