Press Statement on Cuts to Child Benefit

Published date: 
3 Oct 2010

Monday  04 October  2010



Minister for Children, Barry Andrews TD, today refused to rule out cuts to the child benefit in the upcoming budget.  The Children’s Rights Alliance reminds the Minister that any cuts would have a serious negative impact on the lives of families throughout the country, at a time when families are already struggling to survive. It should not be up for grabs.  In Ireland, unlike in the UK, most families make substantial contributions to the cost of the health, education and care of their children.  We have not heard any indication from Government that any money saved through cuts would be redirected towards providing community based services for children.  
Child Benefit is the only payment in the country that is paid on behalf of nearly every single child.  Child Benefit is a payment that reflects the value we place on children and our future, and on the lifecycle principle that income is distributed from those without children to those with children.   In the future these children will pay for the pensions of adults.  Child Benefit is a regular, reliable and easy to access payment that every family is entitled to, without stigma.  

Jillian Van Turnhout, Chief Executive

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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.

Children's Rights Alliance