If you’re concerned about the possibility of cuts to child benefit, UCC PhD student Liz Kyte is spearheading a campaign against the cuts in Cork. Details about various things you can do are below.
Reminder – Stop Child Benefit Cuts! Lobby your TD this Friday/Saturday
I will be lobbying Cork South Central TDs Ciaran Lynch (LP) Friday 6pm at the LP office, Bandon Road and Jerry Buttimer (FG) Friday 1pm at the FG office, 4 A Glasheen Road (both round corner from UCC). If anyone wants to join me you would be most welcome! Contact me via FB. ICTU have a pre-budget submission which makes the case for alternative
ways to tackle to deficit and grow the economy without cutting social welfare;
Be part of ‘Parade in Defiance’ – creative workshops for parade this Friday/Saturday
Occupy Cork are organising a pre-budget anti-austerity demonstration on Saturday 3rd Cork, meeting at Emmet Place, outside the Opera House at 2pm.
Cork Community Art Link have already offered to facilitate creative workshops in prop, puppet, placard and banner making and also in street theatre and performance in their space at 107 Shandon Street. They will be available from 10-6pm, Friday 25th and 12-6pm, Saturday 26th, for some initial sessions, while more times will be added throughout next week in the build-up to Saturday. It would be great to have a big representation of families at this event to prove that
Child Benefit and One Parent Family Payments do matter to people. I am going to the workshop on Saturday afternoon to make banners (and buggy decorations!), so would really welcome anyone else who would like to join me – please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Liz Kyte has composed a draft letter you can amend and send to your TD. A list of the current TDs and links to their contact details are available here.
Help stop proposed cuts to Child Benefit by emailing/writing to your constituency TDs. The Cabinet is meeting now so time is of the essence! There is a text below I have used which you can use/personalise. If you want to get involved further, please contact, Liz Kyte, email@example.com
Dear TD [add name],
I read with alarm suggestions that the Cabinet are considering a third
cut to Child Benefit of a further €10 per month as part of their pre-budget
discussions. As a constituent and mother [amend as relevant], I call
on you to oppose the proposed additional cut in Child Benefit.
This cut will affect just under 1 million children in Ireland.
Families are under increasing pressure in the current economic climate
and many rely on child benefit as an essential part of their family
income. Following the withdrawal of the Early Childcare Supplement in
December 2009 and reductions in Child Benefit in two previous budgets,
it is also needed to help meet childcare costs, and yet access to
childcare is essential to economic recovery. Families on low incomes
and female headed households will only be further marginalised as a
result of such cuts. Child Benefit is the only direct universal
support made to mothers. The gradual erosion of Child Benefit will
increase women’s economic vulnerability and puts children at risk.