Children Left out in the Cold - Alliance Publish Budget 2011 Analysis

Published date: 
8 Dec 2010

Immediate Release: Wednesday 08 December 2010 
 
Today, the Children’s Rights Alliance issues a detailed analysis of Budget 2011.  The Minister for Finance’s speech yesterday only gave a snapshot of the Budget’s impact on our children’s futures.  Much of the media attention has rightly focused on the savage cuts to Child Benefit, but our analysis today also details the changes found in the fine print across a range of Departments.  Today we tell the story behind the headlines.  Cuts across the board in social welfare, child benefit, education, health and various other Departments have a massive cumulative impact on children.  Children have been left out in the cold by this Budget.  Here is a snapshot of the positives and negatives from Budget 2011
 
Key Positives
 
•  Allocation of €3m for Constitutional Referendum on Children’s Rights in 2011
•  Allocation of €9m to the delivery of the Ryan Report Implementation Plan
•  Maintaining funding for Universal Free Pre-School Year
• Commitment of €15m to priority Mental Health projects
 
Key Negatives
 
• A cut of €10 (€20 for the third child) to the Child Benefit Payment
• No protection from the cut to Child Benefit for low income families
• Cut in Education affecting the most disadvantaged, including Traveller children
• Cuts to Adult Social Welfare Rates and cumulative cuts affecting families
• Cut to Youth Justice Budget, down by a quarter
• No change to alcohol pricing

The Children’s Rights Alliance Analysis of Budget 2011 and its Impact on Children is attached to this email and is also available for download from www.childrensrights.ie


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CONTACT DETAILS FOR MEDIA QUERIES:
Róisín Fitzgerald – Communications Officer - Children’s Rights Alliance – 087 7702845

Jillian van Turnhout, Chief Executive is available for comment


Notes to Editor:
The Children’s Rights Alliance is a coalition of over 90 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) working to secure the rights and needs of children in Ireland, by campaigning for the full implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.  It aims to improve the lives of all children under 18, through securing the necessary changes in Ireland’s laws, policies and services.

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Children's Rights Alliance