Carol Nolan TD
Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Education and Skills, Teachta Carol Nolan, has called on the Minister for Education and Skills to implement an education strategy for Lone Parents. Teachta Nolan was speaking this afternoon in the Dáil Chamber during questions to the Minister.
Teachta Nolan said, “cuts to social welfare payments for lone parents have meant that many lone parents are struggling and are not in a position to avail of educational opportunities.
She stated, “figures from the EU Standards in Living Conditions show that 59% of all lone parent families experience deprivation."
“It is important that a comprehensive educational strategy is put in place that will provide for opportunities for lone parent families to avail of education opportunities to improve educational outcomes not just for themselves but for their children, many of who are from disadvantaged backgrounds.
“I am disappointed that the Action Plan for Education is silent on this issue and does not provide for a targeted education strategy for this group of vulnerable people."
“The Programme for Government contained a clear commitment that the Report on the Review of Barriers to Education for lone parents would be published in advance of the Budget 2017. This has not happened."
The Offaly TD said, “The Minister needs to ensure that this report will be published as soon as possible and I hope that it will make significant recommendations in this area.
“I further hope that the Minister will implement a comprehensive strategy that will allow lone parents avail of further and higher education in order to improve their living standards,” concluded Teachta Carol Nolan