Government action not reflective of issues facing lone parents – John Brady TD
Sinn Féin spokesperson for Employment Affairs & Social Protection John Brady TD has criticised the government for continually failing to act in support of lone parents despite the growing evidence as to the issues they face.
Speaking on the debate into a Committee report on lone parents, Teachta Brady said:
“There is now so much evidence as to the difficulties facing lone parents and their children, that it is difficult to comprehend the Government’s indifference to the issues. This Committee report provides only a snapshot as to these issues.
“Aside from this Committee report, we have seen a damning indictment of government policy when it comes to lone parents through a variety of reports such as Millar & Crosse, Indecon, Survey on Income & Living Condition data and most recently, from the ESRI.
“It beggars belief as to how much more evidence this government actually needs before they will act. It also raises the question as to how much longer this government will continue to neglect lone parents and their children.
“We need targeted measures across all government departments if we are to improve the lives of lone parents and their children from education to housing to social protection. There has to be a whole of government approach if we are to tackle the issues facing lone parents and their children.
“Central to all of this must be the establishment of a child maintenance service, as recommended by the Committee Report, which has been proven to play a role in reducing child poverty. Sinn Féin has given the proposals to establish such a service to the government, it is achievable and it will make a difference.”