Budget 2017 will be announced on the 11th October. Throughout the year Family Carers Ireland has been working to highlight carers’ issues and with your help we can ensure that this is a fair budget for family carers.
Carers have helped us ensure that the 158 TDs elected to Dáil Éireann in February understand their responsibility towards family carers. Your action resulted in real commitments for carers in political party manifestos and in the new programme for Government. During the year our work on the National Carers Strategy has given us opportunities to push forward important issues for family carers. Meetings with individual Ministers have allowed us to get into the detail of concerns for sub-groups of family carers.
In June we launched our detailed pre-budget submission setting out the necessarily changes for a fairer budget for family carers. Pictured above is family carer Mary McDonnell (78) from Cork who has provided full-time care for her daughter Sinead for over 50 years. Mary helped us launch our pre budget submission by sharing how insufficient support and resources have affected her.
We’re now asking carers to help us ensure that the goodwill shown to family carers at the political level translates into a progressive budget for family carers.
You can do so by contacting your local TD (a detailed contact list searchable by constituency can be found here).
Remind your local TD that Family Carers Ireland received a written commitment from each political party that, if elected, they would publish a refreshed National Carers’ Strategy, backed by dedicated funding to support its implementation. Furthermore many promises were carried through to the Programme for Government. So when communicating with a local TD who is a member of Government remind them of their commitment to
- increase funding for home care packages and home help;
- improve supports for persons with mental health difficulties;
- ensure greater involvement of family carers in the preparation of care plans, together with integrated care pathways, more accessible training and respite care, and access to counselling.
- Deliver on the Programme for Government commitment to increasing Carer’s Allowance, Carer’s Benefit and Disability Allowance and reducing prescription charges.
For further detail on what a fairer budget for family carers would look like you can point your TD to our detailed pre-budget submission (PDF) which we launched in June.
Don’t forget how influential your personal experience as a carers is. If you’re comfortable doing so explain which budgetary change would have the biggest impact on your life.
By taking action you’ll be joining carers all over the country. Together we can ensure that commitments to carers are delivered upon.