As part of the 2023 budget, the government has allocated more money for certain artists than it has for full-time carers’ allowance.
The government has pledged €325 per week for around 2,000 artists as part of a “basic income” scheme. According to Green Party Arts Minister Catherine Martin, it will make “a strong statement about the value that Ireland places on the arts and artistic practice.”
This pilot scheme will run for three years and will cost the taxpayer €105 million during that period.
However, full-time carers who look after a sick, disabled or elderly person at home are only eligible for a maximum carers allowance of €236 per week – around €90 less than the artists’ figure.
Reacting to the news, the Care Alliance of Ireland said that many of their key asks “were not addressed” in the budget.
While they welcome a once-off lump sum payment of €500, the group said they were “disappointed” that more long-term measures were not implemented, including letting Carers’ Allowance count as a qualifying payment for Fuel Allowance.
“Budget 2023 was exceptional in many ways given that it included a supplementary Cost
of Living Package”, the group said in a statement.
“These payments will help family carers address the additional costs they face due to their caring role. However, for family carers who do not qualify for the Carer’s Support Grant or fuel allowance, there is little in the Budget for them.”