Every child deserves support
Children are the group most at risk of poverty in Ireland. Growing up in poverty can be detrimental to a child’s well-being and can affect their physical and mental health, result in poor educational outcomes and limit future life chances. This is particularly serious for the over 4,000 children in emergency accommodation.
Fianna Fáil wants to break the cycle of poverty and social exclusion and give every child the opportunity to reach their full potential. Addressing child poverty requires a cross-government approach so that supports and services in social protection, housing, education and health are delivered.
We believe that in order to improve outcomes for children, we need to improve the living standards of their parents. Child poverty will not be adequately tackled by focusing on children alone.
Fianna Fáil’s plan to address child poverty
Increase social welfare payments.
Increase Child Benefit and maintain the universality of this payment.
Qualified Child Payment
Increase the Qualified Child payment and continue to give a higher rate of payment for children over the age of 12 in recognition of the higher costs associated with adolescence.