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Cut in child benefit will force more women out of work – Ó Snodaigh

2 December, 2009 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD


Sinn Féin Social and Family Affairs Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD, speaking in the Dáil this evening on a motion on the proposed cut in the Child Benefit Payment said if the cut goes ahead it will result in more women being forced to leave the workforce and will cause increased financial strain and stress on families at a time when they need most support.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:

“The child benefit payment provides much needed support for parents who leave the workforce in order to care for their children. It also contributes to the cost of crippling childcare fees for those still working.

“Childcare costs in Ireland are far above the EU average, with Irish families spending 20% of their incomes on full-time crèche facilities compared with 12% of income for families in the rest of Europe. Childcare costs are so high that it is now out of reach for many low income families.

“The impact of the proposals to cut in Child Benefit will be to force many women out of work and leave women working in the home with less support. For families where women are now the main breadwinner, it will cause increased financial strain and stress on the family at a time when they need most support.

“Let’s not forget that child benefit has already been significantly cut in the past two budgets. Now in dire financial times, many families who need help most at the moment are being hit again.” ENDS

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