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12/10/2018: Budget 2019 - Minister Zappone announces a €127m package

Minister Zappone announces a €127m package. The Minister said: "I am very pleased that we have again delivered as promised on the commitment to continue investing in our children and young people. Today's €127m package represents another significant step in ensuring access to high quality, affordable childcare and ensuring that Tusla is in a position to continue on its programme of service reform and targeted development of key services."

€89m increase for childcare as follows:-

Introduction of new Affordable Childcare Scheme

Maximum Net Income Threshold increased by 26% from €47,500 to €60,000 per annum

Changes will benefit thousands of families; will bring an additional 7,500 children into the scheme, with improved subsidies for over 40,000 others

€33m increase in Tusla funding as follows:-

Implementation of HIQA recommendations

Extra funding for Family Resource Centres and Domestic, Sexual and Gender Based Violence services

Financial base secured with 4% increase over 2018