Irish minister rejects call to scrap child benefit
According to a report in the Irish Independent, Fitzgerald said the Irish government currently devotes €2bn, or 10 per cent of its annual welfare budget, to child benefit payments, describing this as a “kind of Celtic tiger thing, with rates increasing for individual payments”.
The 62 year-old minister said that in Scandinavian countries, by contrast, working parents receive subsidised pre- and after-school childcare.
A spokesman for the Social Protection Minister, however, insisted that she was“strongly in favour of universal payments”, and said provision for extra childcare places had been included in next year’s budget.
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