10 Jul Children’s charity Barnardos calls on Government to restore…
BARNARDOS is calling on the Government to reverse cuts made to provisions for vulnerable children.
In its annual Pre-Budget Submission, the children’s charity urged the Government to address gaps in funding for family support services delivered by the charity and others.
Barnardos say that the cases they work on have become increasingly challenging, putting added pressure on their services.
Suzanne Connolly, Barnardos CEO, said: “Earlier this year Barnardos commissioned Just Economics, an independent research company, to investigate the effect that funding cuts imposed over a decade ago are having on our ability to deliver services to children and their families.
“As part of the research, Barnardos managers highlighted that cases have become more complex, there has been an increase in waiting lists and pressure to close cases early.
“The report authors also compared Ireland’s expenditure on preventable social problems with ten European countries and they found that Ireland performs second worst.
“The authors conclude that due to the underfunding of services, Ireland is spending €6.95bn more on addressing preventable social problems.”
Barnardos’ Children’s Budget also recommends the Government provides increased funding for health services, targeted social welfare payments, resources to prevent, and support those experiencing homelessness and to begin to introduce truly free education.
Ms. Connolly continued: “Barnardos vision is a country where every child can reach their full potential and this can only be achieved by targeting income supports at the poorest families, providing a well-resourced health service and ensuring that all children get the same opportunities in school through the introduction of free education.”