Action on Child Poverty
Our Policies

Ensure that eliminating child poverty is at the heart of Government policy

There can be no greater priority than protecting our children.  No child should ever go hungry or cold – we are determined to eradicate child poverty.

Labour in Government has funded the introduction of Area-Based Childcare (ABC) programmes in areas of concentrated disadvantage such as Finglas, Limerick and Ballyfermot.

Our plan for the next five years:

  • Provide the 1,500 poorest schools with extra staffing and funding to tackle educational disadvantage
  • Establish an new National Action Plan for Social Inclusion and an End Child Poverty Commission to halve child poverty by 2021
  • Continue to expand the School Meals Programme so that no child goes hungry at school
  • Increase the school leaving age to 17 and increase funding to School Completion Programmes
  • Continue to implement early intervention initiatives like youngballymun, aimed at children and families in disadvantaged communities
  • Increase Child Benefit by €15 a month by 2021