The Green Party has welcomed the increases in funding for child and youth services outlined in today’s budget announcement, supporting vulnerable families at this time of crisis.
This funding includes an additional €61m for the child and family agency Tusla, to support kids in care, domestic violence services, child refugees, and family resources centres; an additional €5m for youth work, bringing total spend to nearly €70m; €638m investment in childcare, alongside extension of the EWSS for childcare to end of March; and investment in Access and Inclusion Model to support the full participation of children with disabilities in Early Childhood Care and Education scheme.
2021 also marks the transition of Direct Provision to the Department of Children, Disability, Equality Integration and Youth, and an unprecedented €225m will be provided for the International Protection system to help raise standards in existing accommodation and fund the commitment to end Direct Provision.
“This is a budget centred on social inclusion and on protecting the most vulnerable. We’re increasing support for children in care, domestic violence services, and family resource centres. We are also increasing funding for the international protection system, allowing us to improve conditions for people in Direct Provision and meet our commitment to end it.
“As part of the increased investment in Tusla, we will provide additional resourcing to meet Ireland’s international commitments on the transfer of unaccompanied minors from refugee camps on Lesbos.
“Importantly, we’ve also allocated an additional €5m in youth work, bringing the total investment to almost €70m. Youth organisations have been central to supporting young people through the Covid-19 pandemic, and this funding will enable them to go even further in providing that support.”
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