Budget will make things better for low and middle income families

13 October 2015

Brendan Ryan, Labour Party TD, has welcomed the measures contained in Budget 2016 which will benefit families and children. It is the first real recovery Budget and contains measures of real reform and vision.

Ryan “I am pleased to see so many measures in this Budget targeted at hard pressed families. The provision of an extra early childhood care year for children aged 3 to 5 will be a great benefit to hard pressed parents struggling to provide childcare. The extension of the free GP Care scheme to children aged up to 11 is also very welcome. I have received such a positive response from parents to the initial rollout of the scheme and I am glad that Labour is delivering a further rollout which will benefit the vast majority of pupils of primary school going age.”

Ryan “I am pleased that Child Benefit has been fully restored to pre-crisis levels and this is a further indication of our recovery and the ever improving health of our economy. The measures in relation to the Universal Social Charge will benefit low and middle income earners and further assist families in making ends meet.”

Ryan “This is a real recovery Budget. It is not a giveaway Budget and it is not a Budget which will solve every problem facing our country. It is a prudent and responsible Budget which places low and middle income people and families at its centre. The further extension of reforming initiatives such as free GP care and the introduction of paid paternity leave is also an indication that while this Budget is responsible, it is not without vision”