Government should be fair to all child-care choices

The recent outcry about the poor treatment of children at a number of creches focused public attention once again on the issue of daycare. But the debate centred almost entirely on the need to better resource the sector and to regulate it more. But as Maria Steen argued in The Irish Times on Saturday, the Government really should be introducing policies that are fair to all parents, no matter what their childcare choices are. She says we need to “Eliminate tax individualisation and allow a childcare subsidy to all parents to be spent as they see fit.”

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