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Sinn Féin makes major commitment to tackle childcare costs - 500% increase in subsidy proposed – Funchion

26 September, 2017 - by Kathleen Funchion TD

Sinn Féin TD Kathleen Funchion has said her party will make a major commitment to tackle sky-high childcare costs in its alternative budget which will be launched next week.

Deputy Funchion said the party’s proposal for a 500% increase in the Universal Childcare Subsidy, from 50c an hour to €2.50 an hour, will put €420 per child a month in the back pockets of struggling families.

Publishing Sinn Féin’s childcare proposals at Leinster House today, Teachta Funchion said;

“This is a major commitment on Sinn Féin’s behalf to tackle sky-high childcare costs.  While Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are engaged in a sham fight over tax cuts that will put a measly few euro into the pockets of the vast majority of workers, Sinn Féin is outlining an alternative vision that puts public services centre stage and benefits the many over the few.

“Sinn Féin wants an early years sector that we can truly be proud of.  Reliable, high quality, and affordable childcare should be available to all.

“This is not only socially and academically beneficial to the child as it also benefits wider society and the economy as it allows parents, particularly women, to return to the workforce and provides employment in the childcare sector.

“Ireland has one of the highest costs of childcare in the world with two parent families with two children paying between 25% and 34% of take home pay on childcare.

“The reason for this can be laid squarely at the feet of successive Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil led governments who completely failed to adequately invest in the early years sector.

“Sinn Féin is committed to continued investment in the early years sector in order to reduce costs to parents, improve quality standards and arrive at a childcare regime which we can be proud of.” 

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