GETTING CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE OUT OF POVERTY: PROPOSALS FROM CARITAS LUXEMBOURG
Friday 13 May 2022
15 May is the International Day of the Family. On this occasion, Caritas Luxembourg would like to remind that more and more children and young people live in precariousness in Luxembourg.
In the position paper it has just published, Caritas Luxembourg asks, among other things, for a revaluation of the family budget, especially for single-parent families, who have a high risk of poverty in Luxembourg. A tax reform based on a real social redistribution, as well as an indexation and a review of the eligibility scales of the different allowances, are necessary if we want more social justice. Regarding education and childcare services, the decision to make them free is welcomed by Caritas Luxembourg. However, this decision should not affect the quality of care. The size of the facilities must remain at a level that allows for care adapted to the needs of each child. Supporting the well-being of children and young people also means for Caritas Luxembourg that every child has equal access to new technologies and that this access is as safe as possible. The implementation of a cybersecurity strategy focusing on the risks faced by children and young people is highly recommended. Finally, everyone should have the time and resources to be able to take care of their children. All studies show that the attention, love and intergenerational learning that children can receive in the family sphere are irreplaceable for our society. Thus, an effective and sustainable family policy should not only aim at fighting material poverty, but also ensure adequate support to parents in order to promote a good family and institutional framework, which implies, among other things, having the necessary time and resources to take care of the child and to adequately reconcile work and family life.