The cost of sending a child to school in Northern Ireland is a worry for a significant number of parents. Little wonder given that this year it cost £908 for a primary school pupil, up £132 in a year, and £1,038 - down slightly - for a secondary school pupil.
Voluntary expenses can add a further £120 and £132 respectively. Imagine the strain that causes to parents facing uncertain employment futures due to Covid-19. Around one third have seen income drop this year.
The net effect is best summed up by the finding that one third of parents had to deny their children new shoes to make ends meet. Brings a new meaning to down at heel.