Sinn Féin is proposing a back to school allowance of €140 to be paid to all families in July, to help tackle back to education costs.

The party is also calling for legislative measures to ensure schools make uniforms affordable by the use of generic uniforms.

The proposals are contained in a new policy document 'Tackling Back to school Costs', published by two Sinn Féin TDs - education spokesperson Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire and social protection spokesperson John Brady.

The document also pledges to restore capitation grants to schools to pre-austerity levels over a number of budgets in order to reduce the dependence on voluntary contributions.

"We would tackle the increasing use of voluntary contributions by properly funding schools, it is absurd that schools have to ask for voluntary contributions and fund raise for items as basic and fundamental as heat and light," Mr Ó Laoghaire said.

The party is also pledging to deliver a scheme which makes school books free for all children,

Mr Ó Laoghaire said parents were currently paying an average of €949 to get their children ready for primary school and €1,399 to send them to secondary school.