By Fiona Reidy
Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone said that lower income families in Limerick will benefit dramatically from today’s budget announcement.
Minister Zappone said that families on the lowest levels of income “will go from paying about €85 per week to about €4 per week” on childcare.
She said that Limerick Youth Service, which she visited in recent weeks will get increases in services available to them:
“We are looking forward to seeing how these new measures impact young people across the country but also in Limerick.”
Ms Zappone said that assisting families at the lowest level of income was her main focus and feels that the government has achieved this in the budget with a package that will benefit lower income families the most:
“Those at the lowest level of income, if they have a child and want to put that child into day care they can do that and receive up to €8,000 in assistance.”
This new Single Affordable Childcare Scheme promises both means tested subsidies, based on parental income for children between six months and 15 years and universal subsidies for all children aged six months to three years.