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21st Feb 2023

School bus fees will be re-introduced in 2024

Kat O'Connor

Parents could save over €500 per year.

School bus fees are set to be re-introduced in 2024, Leo Varadkar has announced.

Despite the current cost of living crisis, the Government has decided to bring back the fees. Parents have slated the move, but many are relieved to see that the fees are significantly lower than before the cost of living crisis.

Fees for families who avail of school transport will be capped at €125. Family fees were previously capped at €650 so the significant drop is a major relief for parents.

Fees for primary pupils will be €50 per school year.

Secondary school students will pay €150 per school year.

The new scheme could see parents saving over €500 per school year, according to The Irish Examiner.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said the fees were re-introduced because people were booking seats on school buses but then didn’t use them.

This then left other children without a seat.

Earlier today, the Government released its latest cost of living plan.

The plan was signed off by Cabinet this morning, with Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys arguing for a €200 lump sum social welfare payment.

In addition to this, there is also set to be a €100 lump sum Child Benefit payment per child and €100 extra for the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance.

The Government also looks like it will not be introducing an additional €200 energy credit in May as many expected.

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