Protecting families in low paid employment

Family Income Supplement (FIS) is a vital support for families who are in low paid employment

In 2013 SVP and our partners in the End Child Poverty Coalition became concerned at the publication of a report which recommended abolishing Family Income Supplement (FIS). 

Family Income Supplement (FIS) is a vital support for families who are in low paid employment and helps parents to move from welfare into work.  While there were some good recommendations in the report, we felt that these could be implemented without abolishing FIS.  We also wanted to make sure that Child Benefit was protected from further cuts in Budget 2014. 

SVP and the End Child Poverty Coalition developed a policy paper which suggested modifying the recommendations in the report so that reforms which would benefit families and children could be introduced.  We embarked on a series of meetings with government officials, presented our proposals at the Joint Oireachtas Committee  and met with the Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton TD. 

We also used the media to highlight the issue with the general public.  Our campaign was successful – Family Income Supplement and Child Benefit were protected from cuts in Budget 2014.  We will continue to campaign for supports to help families in low paid employment in the coming years