Refunds important for hard-pressed families

Cllr Jackie Healy Rae Jnr: Students should get credit or a refund for accommodation.
Picture: Valerie O’Sullivan

THE owners and management companies involved in the provision of student accommodation have been urged to put a credit system in place ahead of the next college year for students who have lost out financially when colleges closed during the Covid-19 crisis.

Cllr Jackie Healy-Rae said he has been inundated with queries from families who have paid the final installment of the fees for student accommodation across the country prior to the colleges closing and students returning home for health and safety reasons.

“The accommodation lies idle yet it has been paid for right across the country and many parents have now been laid off from work due to Covid-19,” he said.

Cllr Healy-Rae said it is it unlikely that many students will return to college this term and he believes it only right and proper that the management and owners of these properties would put in place a credit system, ahead of the next college year, for those who will be returning.

He said students in their final year, who will not be returning, should get a refund and it is particularly important for extremely hard-pressed families.

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