Illogical and retrograde step to cut youth services: Ó Snodaigh
Sinn Féin social protection spokesperson, Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD, said today that youth services deal with young people at risk of poverty, drug abuse, suicide, imprisonment and low educational attainment. “Cutting services to these people is illogical and a retrograde step.”
Deputy ÓSnodaigh said:
“The cuts to services may save the minister’s budget, but to invest in child services will deliver results. We will see the results of these cuts in greater disadvantage in poor communities.
“Some €2.5 million in cuts will mean local services which help all young people including those at risk of poverty and those in special circumstances, will be damaged.
“What will happen to after-school facilities, youth clubs, counselling services and other valuable assistance to young people in communities?
“These cuts will set youth services, already pared to the bone, back years. Services are suffering cuts in funding of up to 15%. There is no way to make this up and there is no point in trying to fundraise in communities already squeezed by the child benefit cut, maternity benefit cut, changes in the lone parent payments, higher Universal Social Charge, reduction in SNAs and higher pupil-teacher ratios.
“I call on the minister to consider the consequences of these cuts and to reconsider her decision. Sinn Féin has proposed an alternative way forward, by taxing high earners, introducing a wealth tax and other measures designed to protect the most vulnerable and make the rich pay.”