Responding to the annual ‘What's Left Survey’ published by the Credit Unions this morning Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Social Protection Aengus Ó Snodaigh said social welfare must not be cut and more should be done to promote decent wages.
Ó Snodaigh said;
“The credit union ‘What's Left Survey’ shows that 1.18 million adults have €50 or less left in their bank accounts after bills are paid each month, half of all adults are struggling to pay bills on time and growing numbers are cutting back on essentials such as food.
“It’s clear from the survey that the government must not cut social welfare again.
“In addition the government should do more to promote decent wages for those in employment. Schemes such as JobBridge and JobsPlus will have a lasting impact on wages in the jobs market. Jobsbridge displaces paid work by making thousands of workers available to employers for free for 18 months at a time. And the Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed has expressed concerns that the JobsPlus supports are tied to fairly low wages.
“The current PRSI system for which the Labour Party Minister Joan Burton is responsible incentivises employers to split jobs into part-time positions in order to avail of lower PRSI rates.
“The Credit Union report is a stark warning to government. They must insulate the incomes of those on social welfare and those in low paid employment from any cuts in the upcoming budget.”