Children most affected by failure to address cost of living crisis – Mary Lou McDonald TD
The Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald today took part in a panel discussion at the AGM of the Children’s Rights Alliance.
Ms McDonald said that children are most affected by the government’s failure to address the cost of living crisis.
The Sinn Féin President said:
“The failure of the government to address the rising cost of living crisis is having a detrimental impact on children and families.
“Thousands of children are being left behind by endless health waiting lists. Over four thousand children are living in emergency accommodation, without a secure place to call home. Many more go to school hungry and get lost in the system.
“Families are to the pin of their collar to make ends meet and this in turn impacts profoundly on children.
“Parents get up at the crack of dawn and still struggle to meet their families’ basic needs because of a cost of living crisis that leaves hundreds of thousands of people struggling and living in fear of any type of extra financial burden.
“Low pay, especially in the context of the soaring cost of living, is a real problem. Workers on low wages, and in many cases in insecure employment, have to find the money to pay extortionate rent, crazy insurance premiums and crushing childcare costs. Families cannot get access to vital public services which are being cut to the bone.
“There is no excuse for the extraordinary levels of child poverty that exist in this state in 2019. Significant investment is needed to eliminate child poverty. But paramount to this is a dedicated strategy to deal with the rising cost of living crisis.”