Labour Women launch Childcare Report
Posted on October 07, 2015 at 05:48 PM
Labour Women have launched their Let’s Talk About Childcare Report which was commissioned by An Tánaiste and Labour Party Leader Joan Burton to explore issues surrounding childcare in Ireland and to make recommendations that will feed into Labour’s General Election manifesto.
The report was presented to the Party Leader by Deputy Joanna Tuffy, Deputy Ciara Conway, Deputy Arthur Spring and Deputy Michael McCarthy along with representatives of Labour Women.
The working group was established in July 2015 to look at at progressive ways to improve childcare in Ireland. An online campaign was carried out using videos, online and offline questionnaires as well as public meetings.
Speaking about the campaign the Labour Leader Joan Burton said the provision of 'affordable, good quality childcare is a crucial issue for young families across the country' adding good quality childcare is a priority for Labour.
The Tanaiste said: “This report is the culmination of excellent grassroots work by Labour deputies through a consultation process with parents, grandparents and childcare providers.
“The recommendations are practical and effective, and I believe we can make a very positive start by implementing the more immediate recommendations in the Budget, such as increasing Child Benefit and introducing Paternity Leave. We will then continue to progress the longer-term recommendations if returned to government."
The report contains six key recommendations to improve access to quality and affordable childcare and provide greater security for working families.
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