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Young Families and Older People Better off in #Budget16

Posted on October 27, 2015 at 05:35 PM

The Tánaiste Joan Burton

An Tánaiste Joan Burton and Deputy Brendan Ryan TD made a visit together to Little Apples Crèche and Montessori in Swords where they discussed the benefits that will come from investment in childcare in Budget16. We are reforming the quality of care and supports available to parents and their children. In Budget 2016 we are increasing child benefit, introducing more paternity leave, providing an effective second year of pre-school, and extending the rollout of free GP care to children aged 6-11.

They then went on to attend a Patchwork and Knitting class in Swords Senior Citizens Day Centre where An Tánaiste and Brendan Ryan TD spoke to participants about how the Budget is better for older people. Labour has always recognised the huge contribution that older people make in Irish society and their communities.

In government, we have prioritised supporting older people in society. That’s why during the past four years in government Labour has always protected vital supports including the State Pension and Free Travel Pass. This budget has seen the first increase in the state pension since 2009, the Christmas Bonus increased by 75% and an increase in fuel allowance.

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