Sinn Féin Social Protect Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has put an amendment to the Social Welfare Bill which seeks to reverse the cut to the Respite Carers’ Allowance and to replace it with a Social Welfare Amnesty which he says would bring in €55million, more than double the saving made by the cut to carers’ allowances.
Deputy Ó Snodaigh said there are savings to be made in social protection without hitting low and middle income earners.
Speaking today Deputy Ó Snodaigh said;
“Minister Burton has said that she did not want to cut the Respite Carers’ Allowance and she wouldn’t do it if someone could show her another way to make savings.
“Today I am putting an amendment to the bill to introduce the a social welfare amnesty that would save the state €55 million, more than double the cut to the Respite Carers’ Grant and I am calling on Minister Burton to withdraw this cut.
“I am also putting forward an amendment to introduce a higher rate of Employers’ PRSI on earnings over €100,000 at 15.75% which would raise €91.5 million.
“The government would have you believe that there were no alternatives to the cuts it has introduced but Sinn Féin has shown that there are alternatives and my amendments today are about trying to reverse the worst of the Minister Burton’s cuts including the Respite Carers’ Grant, Job Seekers’ Benefit, the Child Benefit cut and the targeting of the low paid with the PRSI measures.
“I will be pushing these amendments and calling votes on them all.” ENDS