Supporting families to get back to work – DEERING.

7th November, 2014

 

Carlow Fine Gael TD., Pat Deering, has said that the Social Protection Bill 2014, currently passing through the Dáil, supports families in Carlow to get back to work.

“The Social Protection Bill currently going through the Dáil is evidence that the Government is supporting families to get back to work. The Bill which gives effect to the measures outlined in Budget 2015, has increased the Child Benefit payment from €130 to €135 for each child. This payment is hugely important for low and middle income families. I know that many Carlow families use it to help fund their child care solutions.

“Of particular benefit to lone parents in this legislation is the fact that they can continue to earn €90 per week and still be fully entitled to keep their One Parent Family Payment. In effect this means that lone parents are encouraged and facilitated to get back to work after having a child, safe in the knowledge that they will not be penalised for doing so. The Government was determined not to touch this protection for lone parents who need to work part time and keep their One Parent Family Payment.

“These measures build on the supports the Government has already given to children and parents in accessing high quality childcare, particularly for parents in training, education or employment. These measures will really support parents in Carlow who want to get back to work. A huge part of this is the free year of pre-school care and education for 68,000 children, which the Government has maintained.

“We have also allocated €260 million to support the childcare sector including the continued provision of over 2,000 places targeted at low income parents in Community Employment or in need of after-school care at a cost of €8.4million. €72 million has been maintained for the Community Childcare Subvention (CCS) and the Childcare Education and Training Support (CETS) programmes, from which 34,000 children benefit and supports parents in returning to work.

“High quality childcare facilities are hugely important to parents. In July of this year €2.5 million in capital funding was allocated to 163 community and not-for-profit childcare services to assist them in upgrading and improving their facilities. Working parents deserve to know that their children are being well looked after in a clean, safe and fit for purpose environment.

“The Budget was hugely positive for working families and is just another example of how we are supporting people in getting back to work, as evidenced by our reducing unemployment figures”.