Thursday 19 January 2017

Parents will feel a lot more valued after this Budget

Published 14/10/2015 | 02:30

The introduction of two weeks statutory paid paternity leave is good news but fathers in Reykjavik, Iceland get up to 91 days
The introduction of two weeks statutory paid paternity leave is good news but fathers in Reykjavik, Iceland get up to 91 days

While any increase in child benefit is most welcome, the extra €5 per month announced in this year's Budget just brings it back up to €140, which is what it was when the Government came into office in 2011.

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I remember the heyday of child benefit, when it rose to a record €160 per child in 2008.

This small increase of €5 a month forms part of a wider set of measures aimed at tackling the cost of childcare - with two weeks' paid paternity leave also being announced. Around 600,000 families will benefit from the increased monthly payments.

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