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Start Strong analysis of Budget 2015 - Oct 2014

Dail chamber (photo by Tommy Kavanagh)While some aspects of Budget 2015 are welcome, the Budget was a missed opportunity to increase investment in high quality early care and education in Ireland.

There was no increase in investment in early years services to raise quality or improve affordability – even though Ireland has the one of the lowest rates of early years investment in Europe.

On the positive side, there was a €5 monthly increase in Child Benefit. The increase is welcome but, coming after years of cutbacks to Child Benefit, it is not enough to make a big difference to most families.

Start Strong also welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Education and Skills of a new team of early childhood education inspectors. It remains to be seen, however, how the new inspectors will be integrated with the existing inspection system and what their impact will be.

Read Start Strong's Budget 2015 Analysis here.

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