Government cuts have compounded poverty for lone parents - John Brady TD
Speaking at a meeting of the Social Protection committee meeting Sinn Féin TD for Wicklow/East Carlow John Brady was critical of Government cuts that have compounded poverty and thrown up further barriers to accessing education for lone parents.
Following the meeting Teachta Brady said:
“I raised a number of issues in relation to the cuts made by Fine Gael and Labour to the One Parent Family Payment which has had a detrimental impact on lone parents across the State.
“This reform was on the back of the promise of a Scandinavian childcare model that never materialised – in fact we haven’t heard a word about it since.
“We know from lone parents themselves that these changes have trapped them in greater poverty and they feel stuck – they cannot leave their child at home alone, they cannot afford childcare and therefore, they cannot go out to work so they are worse off than before.
“This is reflected in the Government commissioned report by UNESCO released yesterday.
“Today, as recommended by the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission, I asked the Department officials to reverse the cuts made in 2012 which reduced the cut off age to seven.
“What is extremely concerning about the committee meeting this morning is that the Department officials are at odds with the UNESCO report. This report raises huge concerns on the consequences that the cuts to the One Parent Family has had. They cannot be simply brushed off by the Department.
“As part of our alternative Budget launched this week we have included raising the cut off age for the One Parent Family Payment to twelve years. This is a targeted payment that will directly support lone parents.”