Charities seek Government strategy to protect key services

Cabinet told of need to preserve social fabric in advance of budget

The joint call was made in advance of next month’s budget . Photograph:  Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

The joint call was made in advance of next month’s budget . Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters

 

Organisations representing over 1000 charities have asked the Government to draw up a cross-departmental strategy to protect key public services.

The joint call was made by six national organisations , the Wheel, the Disability Federation of Ireland, Care Alliance Ireland, Irish Rural Link, Carmichael Centre for Voluntary Groups and the National Youth Council of Ireland at a press conference in Dublin today in advance of next month’s budget .

The Government regularly made the important point that there was a need to achieve sustainability in the public finances, the group said in a statement.

“We agree,’’ it added. “The challenge, however, is to do this while preserving our social fabric and the public services that people rely on.’’

Director of the Wheel Ivan Cooper said a successful economy depended on a successful society. “We cannot have one without the other,’’ he added. “Yet our current national recovery programme is degrading the social basis for a sustainable future.’’