Ó Snodaigh raises social welfare reform with Troika
Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Social Protection Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD today met with representatives of the Troika as part of a Sinn Féin delegation. Deputy Ó Snodaigh used the opportunity to focus on social welfare reform.
Speaking after Ó Snodaigh said:
“The Troika representatives confirmed for me this morning that all and any social welfare changes are entirely at the discretion of the government. The government is not bound to cut child benefit, the household benefits package, free travel or Community Employment for that matter. If the government does cut these it is because they want to do so.
“I brought the findings of the recent all-party Oireachtas Committee Report on the Single Working Age Payment, of which I was the author, to the Troika members’ attention. This report warned against the merger of social assistance payments at this time. I explained to the Troika representatives that the impact of such a move would double the ratio of job seekers to job vacancies from 50:1 to 100:1.
“I also raised the importance of maintaining schemes such as child benefit, free travel and the household benefits package. And I outlined the importance and value of CE schemes.” ENDS