Address Child Poverty

By increasing payments and targeting supports at children.

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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

  1. Increase payments

    Increase social welfare payments.

  2. Child benefit

    Increase Child Benefit and maintain the universality of this payment.

  3. 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.

All Issues in Social Protection

Set Up a Basic Income Commission

A Basic Income Commission will look at the feasibility of introducing a basic income system in Ireland.

Address Child Poverty

By increasing payments and targeting supports at children.

Making Work Pay

Reform the social welfare system to address poverty and unemployment traps.

Recognising the Social Inclusion Role of CE & Tús Schemes

Rebalance CE & Tús Schemes and recognise their social inclusion as well as activation functions.

Supporting People with Disabilities

Support disability inclusion and increase supports for people with disabilities.

A Decent Standard of Living in Retirement

Increase the state pension and implement an auto-enrolment pension system.

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