Child poverty

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Child poverty initiative

The Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald, told Martin Ferris (SF, Kerry N) and Mick Wallace (ind, Wexford) (Dail Eireann, Debates, 18th December 2012, 271; 289-290) that she would provide, in 2013, €2.5m for an Area-Based Response to Child Poverty to build on the work of the Prevention and Early Intervention Programme (PEIP) in Tallaght, Darndale and Ballymun.  She hoped it would, like PEIP, attract philanthropic funding.  She would be working with the office of the Tanaiste and other key departments to expand the number of project sites from three to six and to evaluate interventions proven to be effective for national level programmes.  She expected that funding would be €4.75m by 2015.  She also announced the allocation of €14m for 6,000 quality afterschool places for children attending primary schools and to support parents to take up employment.  


Later, she told Tommy Broughan (ind, Dublin NE) that the initiative would not simply be a continuation of the PEIP but would instead seek to implement programmes that had already been evaluated and proven to work in improving outcomes for children and families at risk of disadvantage.  It was envisaged this be co-funded by a philanthropic organization and discussions were under way.  It would not be possible to know the final funding  until the co-funding component was known.  

> Statement on government initiatives against child poverty: Dail Eireann, Debates, 18th December 2012, 510-513.