Analysis of Budget 2015 from a Children and Families Perspective

Barnardos. (2014). Analysis of Budget 2015 from a Children and Families Perspective.
Barnardos is pleased that some announcements made in Budget 2015 show the Government is keen to offer some relief to low income families. Measures such as a €5 increase in child benefit for all families will help alleviate some financial pressure and the substantial investment in social housing is welcomed. However, it is disappointing that more spending was not invested in key services such as healthcare, education and childcare which would make a tangible difference to the lives of many children. Ensuring access to timely medical interventions, appropriate educational supports and quality subsidised childcare would not only benefit the child directly but also make sound economic sense. Invest now and save in the future should be a guiding principle shaping Ireland’s recovery.