Reacting to Budget 2020, Green Party Spokesperson for Children and Youth Affairs Pauline O’Reilly said:
“Severe underinvestment in childcare continues under Budget 2020. An approach to childcare that is akin to the flawed approach to housing is underfoot by this government – a model that subsidises private not public childcare.
“There is minimal investment of €54 million across the National Childcare Scheme, ECCE and the Access and Inclusion model which will keep childcare grossly unaffordable.
“We needed to see investment in a public model of crèches that would truly be affordable start to come on stream. We needed to see the age for eligibility for the One Family Payment increased to 13. We needed to see increased investment and an opening up of the Home Carer Tax Credit to non marital families.
“This budget simply is not radical enough to address poverty for families.”
Read our 2020 pre-budget submission here.
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