Pathway out of Poverty

Make your voice heard and  support our call for a budget that invests in key supports and services that will tackle poverty, inequality and social exclusion and improve living standards for all.


 

Ireland is one of the richest countries in the world, yet almost 800,000 people are living in poverty. 1 in 3 are children. 

The long-term social and economic costs of poverty cannot be underestimated, and we believe that all budgetary decisions should be equitable, fair and just, protect the vulnerable, address structural inequalities and promote the well-being of this and future generations.


In Budget 2019, SVP is asking Government to help break the cycle of poverty by:

 
  1. Benchmarking social welfare at a level which is sufficient to both lift people above the poverty line and provide them with a Minimum Essential Standard of Living. Deliver additional support for households with the deepest levels of income inadequacy, namely one parent households, families with older children, people living in direct provision and young people aged under 26. 
  2. Dramatically ramping up the delivery of social housing and ensure that the planning and development of social housing units secures its long-term sustainability by providing the necessary infrastructure and amenities. 
  3. Making primary and secondary school genuinely free. Begin by restoring the capitation rates to 2010 levels and invest in the School Book Rental Scheme. Improving access to further education by reversing the cuts and changes to the SUSI grant and expand eligibility to part-time students. 
  4. Increasing funding for the Affordable Childcare Scheme so that state subsidies are based on a realistic assessment to ensure the level is adequate to deliver accessible quality environment for children, reduce the financial burden on parents and improve pay and conditions for staff.  
  5. Investing in energy efficiency measures and increase the value of the Fuel Allowance to help individuals and families living in energy poor homes. 
  6. Providing the requisite level of funding to begin implementing Sl√°intecare