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Back to school costs are pushing a third of parents in Northern Ireland into debt, a survey has revealed. (Danny Lawson/PA)

Back to school costs are pushing a third of parents in Northern Ireland into debt, a survey has revealed. (Danny Lawson/PA)

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Back to school costs are pushing a third of parents in Northern Ireland into debt, a survey has revealed. (Danny Lawson/PA)

Back to school costs are pushing a third of parents in Northern Ireland into debt, a survey has revealed.

Research commissioned by the Irish League of Credit Unions (ILCU) said 32% of parents found themselves saddled with debt, averaging £222, to cover school costs in 2020. That is up £30 on last year.

Parents were also questioned about how the pandemic had affected family income and their concerns for the new school term.