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Poll: Should grant holders have to prove payment of the household charge?

Do you think Clare County Council is right to demand students provide proof of payment of the household charge before they receive grants?

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CLARE COUNTY COUNCIL has sent letters to recipients of third-level grants demanding that they submit proof of payment of the household charge – or risk a delay or refusal of their maintenance funds.

The council said the assessment and processing of Higher Education Grants is carried out on an agency basis for the Department of Education and Skills, and that the IT, staff, and processing involved are done at a cost. It argued that the household charge was introduced to cover the cost of providing local services, such as the assessing and processing grants, and that there is no application fee for those seeking grants.

We’d like to know what your opinion: do you think Clare County Council is right to demand students provide proof of payment of the household charge before they receive maintenance grants?


Poll Results:

No (2406)
Yes (1160)
I don't know (828)



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