Government ‘recycling’ old promises to tackle child poverty, says Wicklow TD
A Wicklow TD has accused the Government of “recycling” old promises in the countdown to next month’s General Election.
Deputy John Brady, who is Sinn Féin employment and social protection spokesperson, said the Government’s ‘Roadmap for Social Inclusion 2020-2025’ containes old commitments on tackling child poverty they previously failed to meet.
Deputy Brady said: “This is not the first time that the Government have made commitments on reducing poverty. Back in 2014 as part of the National Policy Framework for Children & Young People (Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures), the Government set themselves a target of lifting 70,000 children out of consistent poverty by 2020.
“They couldn’t achieve that having given themselves six years to do so, yet they are now promising to meet the same target in the space of one year.
“It is the Governments’ own policy that flies in the face of tackling poverty. We see that in the reduced rates for young Jobseekers aged 18-24 and we see it in the way in which social welfare rates are set – based on nothing and instead used as a political football every year at Budget time.”