Ó Snodaigh calls on government to shelve report on child and family income supports
February 20, 2013
Sinn Féin Social Protection spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh has called on the government to shelve the report on child and family income from the advisory group on tax and social welfare.
Speaking in after the publication of the report today Deputy Ó Snodaigh said;
“The recommendations of this report should be disregarded as they are contrary to tackling child poverty in Ireland. Child poverty is on the increase in this state, increasing from 6.3% in 2008 to 9.3 % in 2011, and we know it is continuing to rise. These recommendations will further impoverish lower and middle range earners who are being constantly squeezed. This is not the way to tackle Child Poverty.
“The government continually points to the fact that high earners receive child benefit as an argument to cut or tax the payment. If the government is intent on tackling high earners then it should take on board Sinn Féin’s proposal for a third tax band of 48% on incomes over €100,000. This would return more to the exchequer than any cut or tax on child benefit.
“Child benefit is a payment to children in an attempt to cherish all children equally and in recognition of the state’s failure to provide services such as free education or childcare. It should not be taxed or cut.”