Ó Snodaigh slams Minister’s plans for child benefit reform
February 19, 2013
Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Social Protection has slammed the government’s plan to tax or introduce a two tier system for child benefit. Deputy Ó Snodaigh was responding to leaks from an expert group report advising that child benefit should be taxed and urged the cabinet to reject these proposals.
Speaking from Leinster House Deputy Ó Snodaigh said;
“The possibility of taxing child benefit or introducing a two tier system is just not acceptable. Families cannot afford any more cuts than what has already been placed upon them by this Fine Gael/Labour government.
“Child benefit, which the Labour party famously promised not to cut in their general election manifesto, has been consistently targeted and parents simply cannot take anymore.
“Child benefit payment is an essential element of most family budgets and they could not survive without it.
“Sinn Féin has consistently put forward an alternative proposal to introduce a third tax rate of 48% on incomes above €100,000. This would return more money than the proposed tax on child benefit.”