A little goes a long way, but is it enough?

While social welfare changes offered small increases across the board, positive steps such as a new childcare package will need further funding to make a real difference

16th October, 2016

The changes announced to social welfare rates for next year that will see many people receive small increases typified the coalition government’s budget of few surprises.

But children’s minister Katherine Zappone’s new childcare package looked to be at least a step in the right direction, even if it did not meet with universal approval.

Early years funding increased by 35 per cent to €465 million. As part of this,...

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