Call For Govt To Protect Women From Further Budget Cuts

The National Women's Council of Ireland (NWCI) is calling on the government to protect women and children from further cuts in Budget 2014 and invest into crucial supports, such as childcare.

Launching its Pre-Budget Submission 2014 today, Orla O'Connor, Director of NWCI said: "We have seen over the last Budgets that austerity is not working. Cuts to fundamental payments and services, such as child benefit, have had a detrimental impact in particular on women and children. Budget 2014 is an opportunity for the government to make some crucial investments in supports for struggling families in this country.

"We are calling on the government not to cut Child Benefit any further. What we need now to support families is a multi-annual investment into quality early childhood care and education. This should include a second free pre-school year and a package to train and upskill childcare staff. In addition, we need a designated budget to subsidise out of school hour’s childcare. While this would require significant financial resources, evidence from many other countries suggests that it will repay itself in terms of increased economic activity by parents, in particular women, and enhanced opportunities and outcomes for children."


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