Budget provisions on childcare could have gone further – McLellan
Speaking on the Government’s budget measures Sinn Féin spokesperson on Children, Sandra McLellan TD, said:
“We in Sinn Fein welcome the additional investment to the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) scheme. We do however highlight that additional funding is needed in this area over the coming years, to bring us to the OECD average of 0.8% GDP. It is disappointing that there is a significant lack of investment in children between the ages of zero to three.
“I welcome that Sinn Fein’s lead on the introduction of the two weeks paternity leave was followed up by the government in the budget. Although this is welcome, it’s very unfortunate that the government haven’t planned on the implementation of this legislation until September of 2016.”
“We had proposed that there was space to go further, to introduce a further six weeks maternity leave to be taken by either parent at the end of the existing 26 weeks leave but this, unfortunately, was not taken on board.”