Budget 2017

Barnardos worked with more than 13,100 children and families in 2015 – more than ever before. The government is currently preparing its first budget – its first chance for it to put its money where its mouth is. It must make the right choices and ensure that every one of those 13,100 children Barnardos supported last year can look forward to a brighter future.

Our advice to the new Partnership Government is simple:

  • Invest in public services, not tax cuts
  • Deliver on the programme for government pledge of prevention and early
  • Above all, prioritise children

Mark & Niamh

We’d like you to meet Niamh and Mark. In this video, they open up to us about the challenges they, their family and their community face in the wake of austerity cuts.
Like thousands of families across the country, Niamh and Mark are doing everything they can to give their children the very best start in life. And like thousands of families across the country, they face an uphill battle to do so.

Too many families are facing the same challenges; juggling household bills, school costs, health needs, childcare, while living in unstable homes and yet still doing everything in their power to improve their children’s opportunities. These are the parents and children who the so-called economic recovery is just not reaching.

Did you know? 

In the four months since the General Election (February until June 2016):

  • Approx. 300 more children have become homeless
  • More than 14,000 children have been referred to Tusla, the Child and Family Agency
  • Parents have, on average, forked out €2,672 on full time childcare per child.


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