4 May 2021, 17.05

The Joint Committee on Social Protection, Community and Rural Development and the Islands will meet tomorrow for a discussion on Pre-Budget Submission considerations when Family Carers Ireland and the Society of St Vincent de Paul appear.

The meeting will take place live on Oireachtas TV at 9.30am from Committee Room 3.

Speaking in advance of the meeting, Committee Cathaoirleach, Denis Naughten TD, said:

“The Committee has taken the decision that it will specifically submit proposals to Government for consideration as part of the Budget 2022 process. Not only will we look at spending measures but specific recommendations on how to deliver programmes across the Department of Social Protection and the Department of Community and Rural Development, and the Islands”.

“The appearance of these two key stakeholder groups follows on from written submissions received, and further consideration of the insight of Family Carers Ireland and the Society of St Vincent de Paul will take place during the questions and answers section of the meeting.

Cathaoirleach Naughten added:“There are over 500,000 family carers in Ireland, and the last 12 months have been incredibly difficult for family carers, and with that in mind the findings from Family Carers Ireland’s survey ‘Caring Through Covid’ which explored the experiences of 1,307 family carers caring during COVID-19 will be examined.

“Similarly, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul has  continued throughout the pandemic to support low-income households remotely and we look forward to hearing their insight having received 160,000 requests for help during 2020, and in the first three months of this year SVP received more than 45,000 calls from individuals and families nationwide.”

For more information about the work of the Committee on Social Protection, Community and Rural Development and the Islands see the Committee webpage

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