Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection the steps she will take to ensure that children in receipt of child benefit meet the statutory requirement of attending school up to 16 years of age; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [17237/15]
Positive outcomes through legal action

Proposal would cut fraud & encourage parents to send children to school Changes to the way child benefit is paid could save in excess of €75m every year, claims Denis Naughten TD. “By linking child benefit for school age children with school attendance savings of between €75m and €90m could be achieved.

School attendance payment could create €50m fund for pre-school extension

Abolishing child benefit for school age children and replacing it with a school attendance payment would lead to savings of up to €50m which could be used to fund a …

Linking Child Benefit to School Attendance FAQs

School attendance up to the age of 16 years is a statutory requirement under the Education (Welfare) Act 2000.  Consequently, all recipients of child benefit are legally required to attend school up to …


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Proposal would cut fraud & protect payments to