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Crowe critical of Coughlan on Social Welfare figures

10 December, 2003

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Social and Family Affairs Seán Crowe TD clashed with Minister Mary Coughlan in Leinster House yesterday over the changes in social welfare payments. He was speaking during the debate on the Social Welfare Bill 2003.

The Dublin South West TD pointed to the failure of the Government to deliver its own promises in Child Benefit and Unemployment Assistance saying, "No one dependent on social welfare will benefit greatly from this budget.

It tinkered at the edges and brought no positive changes for the majority of people living in this State. That is my belief and it is one shared by many people."

Deputy Crowe went on to point out that "Children and young people fare worst in this budget" and accused Minister Coughlan of refusing to increase the Child Dependent Allowance, a social welfare payment aimed at the children from the poorest homes, because "she claimed any increase would be a disincentive to work and would ensure social welfare recipients remained on the dole, saying that they would rather be unemployed than give up the few bob provided by the allowance." ENDS

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