School payment a bonus for family funds

WITH four children under 15 the Melville family of New Lambton will be eligible for almost $2500 under the federal government shake-up of schools funding in the budget.

Mother Bronwyn Melville welcomed the decision to scrap the tax refund for education expenses in favour of an $820 payment for high school students and $410 for primary students over a year.

She said the family previously claimed the rebate but were never sure how much they got back, and the SchoolKids Bonus was more direct.

‘‘Now I’ve got a box full of receipts I don’t need,’’ she said.

The money will help the family pay for everyday school expenses including stationery, bags, excursions, camps, fund-raisers and the occasional lost or outgrown item of clothing.

Mrs Melville said one of their children had special learning needs and they may use some funds for tutoring.

‘‘This is the time in our lives when we have the greatest financial pressure,’’ she said.

‘‘Like most families we try to make ends meet as best we can.

‘‘We appreciate anything that comes through.’’

Mrs Melville welcomed government spending on education.

‘‘If we can try and help our kids get a good education we’re ensuring their future in some way,’’ she said.

‘‘We’re getting them to a place where they’re carrying themselves.’’

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