Wednesday 7 December 2016

'Huge demand for childcare places'

Single mother: Sam Dunne

Published 15/10/2016 | 02:30

Single mother Sam Dunne says the cost of childcare is 40pc of her income Photo: Arthur Carron
Single mother Sam Dunne says the cost of childcare is 40pc of her income Photo: Arthur Carron

Single mother Sam Dunne was left feeling disappointed by the measures introduced in the Budget for childcare and believes that the assistance should also be available for those who use private childcare.

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Sam (37), originally from Meath but living in Lucan, has a son (4) and struggles with childcare costs and rising rents.

The single affordable childcare scheme will offer families subsidies on childcare of up to €80 per month. However only Tusla-registered childcarers will be eligible.

"The problem would still be whether or not it is a compulsion for childcare providers to take up the subsidy, because to date they don't have to take on these schemes," Sam, pictured, said.

"There will be serious demand now to get into these places."

Sam was on the social housing list in Co Meath for four years, but had to give up her place on the list when she moved to Dublin.

Her son is now in play school, while she is completing an internship. She says the cost of childcare is 40pc of her income.

Sam also says it is especially difficult for single parents to find somewhere to live in an increasingly volatile rental market.

She considers herself lucky to find a landlord who will take her on while she is on rent allowance.

The average rent in Lucan is currently around €1,450.

Irish Independent

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