Child poverty is not inevitable. There are measures we can take to reduce child poverty and help families who are struggling.
There are over 100,000 children in Ireland living in consistent poverty and that simply isn’t right. Children are going to bed or school hungry. One third of parents going are into debt just to be able to send their child back to school. We can do better. We need political leadership and real transformation in Ireland to free children from poverty once and for all.
The Budget is the last chance for this Government to do something to free families trapped in poverty. It should mark the beginning of what needs to be a long-term, concerted effort by our political leaders to end child poverty at the scale we have now. This Budget, and subsequent budgets, should be focused on ensuring that our children have access to basic healthcare, the opportunity to participate in society, free primary education and fundamentals like a hot nutritious meal every day. Our Budget 2020 Recommendations highlight some of the ways this Government can deliver these.
We have identified 6 key policies which would help reduce child poverty in Ireland. Read More →
We are also calling on the Government to have a National Action Plan to end child poverty. Budget 2020 needs to be the beginning of a long term, concerted effort by Government to end child poverty.
It’s time to tackle child poverty.
In 1919, the first democratically elected Irish parliament declared a republic and said it would be judged by its ability to do right by its children. Today 1 in 10 children in Ireland are living in poverty. We are working with a range or organisation who work with children to end child poverty together.
We have identified 6 policies to reduce child poverty in the next budget.
Please take one minute to email your TD and the Ministers responsible for the budget to ask them to put ending child poverty first.