Youth Council highlights ‘a million good reasons’ to invest in growing youth population in Budget 2018
With the number of those aged 10-24 set to surpass one million by 2025, Budget 2018 must both address the needs of young people today and prepare the ground for growing youth population, that was the message from the National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) Deputy Director, James Doorley speaking in advance of the Department of Social Protection Pre-Budget Forum held in Dublin Castle today. The NYCI’s member organisations work with over 380,000 young people nationwide.
Unique in Europe – growing youth population
“Ireland is unique in Europe in having a growing youth population. That brings great opportunities, but we must invest in young people in Budget 2018 and provide them with the necessary supports so they can achieve their potential and contribute to our society and economy,” explained Mr Doorley.
Mr Doorley also outlined a selection of the costed measures in NYCI’s Pre-Budget Submission, due to be published in August: “We look forward to engaging with Ministers Regina Doherty and Finian McGrath on our Pre-Budget Submission ‘A Million Good Reasons’ which details costed measures to address the needs of young people in Ireland today and prepare us for the increasing youth population. In particular, we will be focusing on youth employment issues: **
Tackling long-term youth unemployment
Inequality: scrap lower rates of jobseekers allowance
Abolish sub-minimum rates of minimum wage
“As we emerge from the economic and social crisis, one positive trend worth focusing on is our growing youth population. Census 2016 shows that the number of young people aged 10-24 will grow by 11.6% between 2015 and 2025, meaning Ireland will be home to just over one million young people.* This will also create challenges, however, with adequate resources the youth work sector is well placed to support young people to reach their potential and make Ireland the best country in the world in which to be a young person,” concluded Mr Doorley.
For further information, please contact Daniel Meister, Communications Manager at NYCI on 087 781 4903 or 01 425 5955 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Notes to Editors:
National Youth Council of Ireland
The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) is a membership-led umbrella organisation that represents and supports the interests of voluntary youth organisations and uses its collective experience to act on issues that impact on young people.
*Population Estimates, CSO:
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