Fianna Fáil TD for Roscommon-Galway Eugene Murphy.
Fianna Fáil TD for Roscommon-Galway Eugene Murphy said that once again the parents of children who are not in full time day care or who are looked after by family and grandparents have been excluded from the new childcare plan unveiled in the Budget and will be unable to avail of any childcare subsidy.
Deputy Murphy outlined, “Only a minority of parents avail of full time day care (27%) for their children and therefore the childcare plans outlined in the Budget are of no help to those families who are caring for their children at home or who have grandparents taking up the role of carers to the children.”
He added, “The Government was tasked with tackling the childcare crisis that puts many families in a situation where by one parent’s wages is going solely towards childcare costs in the early years and therefore forcing many parents out of the workforce. The new childcare proposal looks good on paper but will have little impact on middle income families. The new plan does nothing for the families who rely on family members for childcare. 47% of families who rely on relatives to mind their children while working will not be able to avail of the payments. It will also leave many parents of children over the age of three who are struggling to balance work and childcare needs no better off.”
Deputy Murphy concluded, “I feel that once again the hard working middle income earners are left without any help in this childcare plan although I welcome the fact that families who earn less than €22,000 will be subsidised but more needs to be done for the “squeezed middle."