Access to Services

Some low income households struggle to get access to the services that most of us take for granted

We assist people for all sorts of reasons. Some low income households struggle to get access to the services that most of us take for granted, especially in education, health, housing and homeless services, local government, as well as rural services.

Many community supports have been cut due to austerity measures. Sometimes new or increased user charges are the issue for those we assist; in other cases the service has simply been stopped.

We’re working to cut user charges and reinstate vital services.


The SVP Blog

  • Posted by   on 30 May 2014 | 0 comments
    Why did it take so long?
    SVP has long been a critic of the serious anomalies and inconsistencies associated with the Medical Card Scheme. The HSE Director of Primary Care himself admitted recently that the discretionary medical card system has been operating unfairly and inconsistently for years.
  • Posted by Caroline Fahey  on 04 February 2014 | 0 comments
    Does social welfare discourage people from taking up employment?
    Research has shown that unemployment traps are not a significant issue for the vast majority of people on the Live Register, with 94% of people in Ireland better off in employment than out of work, even when childcare and travel costs are taken into account.
  • Posted by   on 23 October 2013 | 0 comments
    Unless you are five or under getting sick has just become more expensive.
    If you have a medical card each prescription item you need will now cost you €2.50 up to a ceiling of €25 a month per household. If you are seventy or over and have an income of €500 a week, or €900 a week if you are a couple, you will lose your full medical card and have to...
  • Posted by   on 10 October 2013 | 0 comments
    A Cause for Celebration?
    I’m 40 today – or at least on the day this blog went live. Colleagues marked it with cake, coffee and kind words, which were greatly appreciated. The occasion punctuated an otherwise routine office day – if such a thing exists in SVP. 
  • Posted by   on 09 September 2013 | 0 comments
    SVP welcomes proposal to link school uniform costs with levels of funding for schools
    Today Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore announced a proposal which may result in funds being cut to schools who do not allow parents to opt for cheaper uniforms instead of expensive crested jumpers and blazers