Media Centre News Budget 2021 submission We submitted our submission to Government on budget recommendations. Download a copy here. Our headline recommendations are: Increase of the Daily Expenses Allowance by €20.00 for the duration of the pandemic emergency. Audit of the Daily Expenses Allowance and benchmarking against the minimum essential acceptable standard of living. Make the Pandemic Unemployment Payment available to people seeking protection who are living in Direct Provision who lost work because of the Covid 19 pandemic. Child benefit for all children in the protection process. Children in Direct Provision are amongst the poorest and most marginalised in Ireland – make universal child benefit truly universal and give it to the neediest children. Capital budget for building of accommodation for people seeking protection. Transitional supports for people with status exiting Direct Provision. People with status to remain in Ireland are stuck in Direct Provision because they can’t access housing – NGO supports bring expertise to help negotiate this process. Free travel pass for people in Direct Provision. Tackle isolation, encourage social cohesion and integration, and facilitate access to employment and education – and it is more cost-efficient for the State. Increase in civil legal aid for protection applicants. Protection applicants deserve the opportunity to make their case as best they can – more civil legal aid will allow applicants to present a full case at first instance, instead of at appeal stage, reducing costly appeals and time spent in Direct Provision.