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Ó Snodaigh opposes cuts to Illness Benefit Scheme

28 August, 2012 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson on social protection Aengus Ó Snodaigh has outlined his party’s opposition to any moves to cut the Illness Benefit Scheme.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh made his comments amid indications from Minister Joan Burton that she intends to introduce statutory sick pay and to make employers pay for the first four weeks of illness benefit. This is currently being paid from the PRSI fund and exchequer transfers.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:

“First and foremost we are opposed to any moves to cut the Illness Benefit Scheme.

“During the course of the legislation we will table amendments to try to mitigate some of its worst effects. For example we will make an effort to at least exempt those businesses that are struggling from bearing the brunt of this measure.

“Ultimately the party will vote against any cut to the Illness Benefit Scheme. If the Minister really believes that employer’s should be contributing more in terms of illness supports for the workforce then she should raise more from employer PRSI contributions at rates that are progressive and reflective of profits.”

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