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Sinn Féin plans to cut the cost of childcare in half – Mitchell

26 September, 2017 - by Denise Mitchell TD

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Children and Youth Affairs, Denise Mitchell TD, says her party’s plan for increased childcare subsidies, coupled with other measures in its Alternative Budget 2018 would half the current cost of childcare for under-3s.

Speaking at Leinster House alongside Kathleen Funchion TD on Tuesday, Deputy Mitchell said:

“We are at a crossroads in terms of where we go as a society. Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael want to go down the route of tax cuts which would disproportionately benefit the elite of society, but Sinn Féin believes increased funding of services is far more beneficial than an extra one or two euros in a person’s pocket. Part of that means increased investment in Early Years services.

“Irish families are paying the second-highest childcare fees in Europe. We want a childcare sector which we can be proud of and which is reliable, high quality and affordable to all.”

The Sinn Féin proposal would see the Universal Childcare subsidy increased from the current €0.50 per-hour to €2.50, or up to €420 per month:

“Coupled with other measures in terms of wages and sustainability funds, this measure would half the cost of childcare for most families in the State. In Dublin City, for example, parents are footing on average a bill of almost €790 per-month. Under Sinn Féin’s proposals this would be reduced to around €370.

Deputy Mitchell says such a move would have significant knock-on bonuses for society:

“Expensive childcare is a significant barrier to labour market re-entry for parents. This can often mean highly-skilled and experienced workers are lost from the workforce. High quality and affordable childcare however, helps improve the number of parents re-entering the workforce as well as being beneficial to a child’s educational and social development.” 

Note: Please see the Budget 2018 Childcare proposals attached 

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