Childcare benefit increase welcomed

Welcoming the increase, Deputy Finneran reminded parents that child benefit rates will increase (below) by €6 a month for each of the first and second qualifying children to €166 per month, and by €8 per month for each subsequent qualifying child, to €203 per month. ‘The early Childcare Supplement, payable in respect of all children under six, will increase by €100 – bringing the payment to €1,100 every year for every child under six.’ ‘The increases in child benefit combined with the early childcare supplement means parents of two children under six will receive direct payments of €6,148 in 2008, which is more than €118 per week,’ said Deputy Finneran. Child Benefit is payable to the parents or guardians of children under 16 years of age, or under 19 years of age if the child is in full-time education, FÁS, Youthreach training or has a disability.