The Sinn Féin spokesperson on Social Protection Aengus Ó Snodaigh has tabled a range of amendments to the Social Welfare and Pensions Bill 2012, the main focus of which are on lone parents and pension funds investment.
Speaking this morning Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:
“I have tabled amendments aimed at making the commencement of the reduction in the lone parent payment scheme cut-off age legally dependent on the prior introduction of sufficient additional after-school care provision. This would give legal effect to the hollow promise made by the Minister last week that she would not implement the changes without a bankable commitment on childcare from the government. If the Minister meant what she said last week she should have no problem supporting my amendments.
“I have also tabled amendments that would require 7 percent of private pension fund resources to be invested in an Irish Green energy fund which would promote energy efficiency, tackle fuel poverty and create 50,000 jobs over 3 years.”