As Minister for Children, Katherine Zappone has a responsibility to protect children and safeguard their futures. We want her to establish an immediate task force to tackle poverty in lone parent families.
Why is this important?
This week the EU silc data was released. It shows consistent poverty in the state is 8.7%. For 2 parent families with 3 or less children this drops to 7.7% but for children in lone parent families it is 26.2%. It is fundamentally wrong that a child is almost 3 1/2 times more likely to live in poverty based purely on their family status.
We know childhood poverty has long reaching effects and we owe it to all children to ensure they have a fair chance.