Another blow for families as allowance axed
The $60 million program, which helped 1.1 million students, has been axed, along with the student transport subsidy.
The cuts are part of the New South Wales Government’s mini-Budget, to be revealed on November 11, which aims to improve State finances.
Ms Lazzaroni said the $50 allowance for each child had helped buy shoes, books and uniforms for her son, 11, and seven-year-old daughter.
“The cost of school necessities is expensive so the $50 really does go a long way,” she said.
Ms Lazzaroni, who also has a two-year-old son, said axing the student travel subsidies and the school allowance put too much pressure on parents.
“This is our children and their education,” she said. “The Government shouldn’t be making sacrifices on their behalf.”
Treasurer Eric Roozendaal said the Government would use the mini-Budget to reform the School Student Transport Scheme, which costs about $470 million a year, as well as funnel some of the money from the $50 allowance program into needy schools and special needs programs.
Reports yesterday said axing the $50 handout, which was introduced by former premier Bob Carr in 1998, would help turn around a $656 million NSW deficit and would take effect immediately.