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NI uniform grants cut.

NI uniform grants cut.

Money given to low income families to help pay for school uniforms could be cut substantially by the Department of Education to save money.

The Education Authority (EA) said the department had instructed them to cut the amount spent on school uniform grants by £3m.

That would mean £1.9m is available in 2017/18, compared to £4.9m in 2016/17.

The department said that it faced "major financial pressures in 2017-18 if it is to operate within its budget".

"Consequently options to reduce spending across all programme areas are being explored, including the clothing allowance (uniform grants), extended schools and the entitlement framework," it said. 

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