Almost half of parents have to delay paying bills in order to afford to send their kids back to school.

While roughly 1 in 10 parents are forced to borrow money to cover the cost – according to a new study by Barnardos.

The charity is calling on the Government to make school books free for primary school students in Budget 2020.

Single-parent Ciara McGowan says she struggles with the cost of her child’s uniform: