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To: Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar

Change the rules so that lone parents can go to college

Change the rules so that lone parents can go to college

Change the qualifying rules for Lone Parents applying for the Back to Education Allowance (BTEA). Family Income Supplement (FIS) is not a qualifying payment for the Back to Education Allowance (BTEA).

Why is this important?

I and other lone parents like me want the opportunity to go to college and break the cycle of poverty for myself and my daughter. But without being able to access the Back to Education Allowance this is not possible. I have been offered a place in Trinity College but can't take the offer because I work part time and rely on FIS. The rules were changed last year and are forcing lone parents to remain in poverty.


Reasons for signing

  • The only way to get out of poverty is education and any policy that prevents this should be scrapped.
  • I'm more than happy to have my taxes spent on sending Erica and others like her to college. This is what we should be spending our money on. Keep going Erica, your lucky break has to come soon.
  • Insane that we should even have to ask for this in a supposedly developed country.

Updates

2016-08-10 18:58:14 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2016-08-10 09:22:11 +0100

500 signatures reached

2016-08-09 15:24:43 +0100

100 signatures reached

2016-08-09 14:31:55 +0100

50 signatures reached

2016-08-09 14:15:14 +0100

25 signatures reached

2016-08-09 14:04:44 +0100

10 signatures reached