Tánaiste hosts Pre-Budget Forum to discuss priorities for Budget 2016

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The Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton, T.D., today (Friday, 3 July 2015) hosted the Department of Social Protection’s annual Pre-Budget Forum in the Printworks, Dublin Castle. Some 37 voluntary and community groups participated in the Forum, which was moderated Ms Olivia O’Leary. The purpose of the Forum is to provide these organisations with an opportunity to discuss their ideas and thoughts on the upcoming Budget with the Tánaiste, Minister of State Kevin Humphreys and senior Departmental officials working on the policy aspects relating to many schemes of the Department.

Addressing the Forum, the Tánaiste expressed appreciation for the work carried out by each organisation and for taking time to attend. She also told those attending that the Government has not made any decisions as yet in relation to measures for Budget 2016 and that the views heard at the Forum will be considered before any such decisions are taken.

The Tánaiste said “The work of your organisations makes life more manageable for many people, helping them to cope with their particular circumstances. The advocacy work that you do on behalf of the people you represent is also of crucial importance, and I will ensure that your priorities for Budget 2016 are brought to the attention of my Cabinet colleagues.

"I look forward in particular to examining the various supports available to all families with children, including single parent families. In that respect, I will look at the scope for further improvements in Child Benefit, as well as other supports for families in part-time or full-time employment."

Also speaking at the Forum Kevin Humphreys, T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Social Protection with special responsibility for Employment, Community and Social Support, said “I have two goals - first on that list is getting people back to work and tackling long term unemployment.  My second goal is building Communities – and that means many things but Social Protection is crucial to that through schemes like Community employment that help local communities and support social inclusion. I would like to thank all the groups who attended today for their continued work and for your submissions to my Department. ”

The Tánaiste along with Minister Humphreys attended each of the workshops where they heard first-hand some of the main priorities and concerns of each organisation.  This year’s Forum had six workshops; ‘Poverty and Social Inclusion’, ‘Retired and Older’, ‘Illness, Disability and Caring’, ‘Working Age’, ‘Housing Supports’ and ‘Children and Families’.



List of Organisations attending the Pre-Budget Forum

Active Retirement Ireland


Pavee Point

Age Action Ireland

Focus Ireland

Retired Workers Committee


Healthy Food for All

Society of St. Vincent de Paul


Inclusion Ireland

Simon Community

Care Alliance Ireland

Irish Council for Social Housing

Social Justice Ireland

Carers Association

Irish National Organisation for the Unemployed

The Wheel

Centre for Independent Living

Irish Rural Link


Children’s Rights Alliance

Irish Senior Citizens Parliament


Congress Centres Network (ICTU)

National Association of Widows in Ireland

Trust us We Care


National Federation of Pensioners Associations

Unmarried and Separated Fathers of Ireland


National Women’s Council of Ireland

Vincentian Partnership for Social Justice

Disability Federation of Ireland

National Youth Council of Ireland


European Anti-Poverty Network

One Family


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