Minister Burton should rule out deducting property tax from social welfare payments – Ó Snodaigh
The Sinn Féin
spokesperson on Social Protection, Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD, has challenged the
government to assure welfare recipients that their payments would not be “pilfered
at source to pay for the property tax.”
Responding to media reports that the Department of Social Protection is considering taking money from people's social welfare payments, Ó Snodaigh said:
“This is nothing
short of day light robbery. People who are in receipt of welfare are some of
the poorest in our communities. To take the property tax out of their payment
would force many into deeper poverty. It shows just how desperate this callous
government has become.
“And no amount of
crocodile tears from Fianna Fáil can alter the fact that they planned to
introduce a property tax in their four year plan.
“Minister Joan Burton must make a clear statement ruling out the option of taking the property tax directly out of people's welfare.”