Ó Snodaigh proposes changes to social welfare system
Sinn Fein spokesperson for social protection, Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh today has tabled a range of amendments designed to improve the quality of life for the most vulnerable people who are dependent on the social welfare system. He proposed amendments to the Social Welfare and Pensions (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill 2013.
The Dublin South Central TD said:
“I have tabled a range of amendments to this Bill which would improve not only the functionality of the social welfare system but also the quality of life for the most vulnerable people in society who are dependent on it.
“I have suggested a rule that would ensure the Social Welfare Appeals Office would respond to appeals within 21 days of receiving an application, reimbursements of social welfare payments by employers who are found guilty of unfair dismissal, as well as an amnesty for social welfare overpayments. Further to this I have proposed increases to the Back to Education Clothing and Footwear Allowance and a Cost of Education Allowance which if passed, would greatly ease the burden on those returning to education in September.
“I welcomed the Minister’s decision to finally acknowledge that retained firefighters should be entitled to social welfare payments but it is essential that they assessed on their current application so that they are not denied their back payments. They are entitled to this payment.
“I have also proposed an amendment to reverse the previous changes made to the One Parent Family Payment. Women are shouldering the burden of the recession and the changes that the Minister have negative impact on them and they must be reversed, especially now that the Minister has recognised that the delivery of Scandinavian model of childcare that the changes to One Parent Family Payment were predicated on is a long way off.”