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Labour Party dishonest on social welfare cuts – Ó Snodaigh

9 December, 2011 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Sinn Féin’s Social Protection Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has accused the Labour Party of a “profound dishonesty when trying to justify the party’s savage cuts to social welfare supports.”

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:

“Over the last two days the Minister for Social Protection has trotted out the same tired line that by not cutting the jobseekers payment she has protected vulnerable individuals and struggling families.

“The Government’s own figures tell a very different story. Half of the people on the live register receive less than the maximum personal weekly rate.

“20% or 89,000 receive no payment.

“15% or 70,000 receive payment for part of the week only.

“A further 15% or 70,000 others receive Jobseekers Allowance or Jobseekers Benefit of less than the maximum personal rate of €188.

“Just this morning Labour Leader and Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore denied his Government had cut the Social Welfare budget by €811 million in a full year.

“If the Tánaiste had bothered to turn to page 31 of his Government’s Expenditure Budget book he would see in black and white that that Labour in Government has shamefully cut the Social Welfare budget by €811 million in a full year.”

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