Ó Snodaigh calls for social welfare amnesty in Budget 2014
Sinn Féin Social Protection spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD is urging Minister Burton to introduce a social welfare amnesty to save approximately €55 million.
Deputy Ó Snodaigh has said the proposal will be included in Sinn Féin’s alternative budget to be published ahead of budget day in October.
Speaking today Deputy Ó Snodaigh said;
“Sinn Féin is once again urging the Minister for Social Protection to introduce a social welfare amnesty which we estimate could save the exchequer €55 million.
“In her search for savings Minister Burton has once again been guilty of flying kites, most of which would directly impact on those least able to afford it.
“Our proposal is one that seeks to make a substantial saving without cutting essential payments to those who need protection.
“Minister Brendan Howlin is quoted in the media today saying the government wants to meet the deficit target in a socially progressive way.
“We say to the minister that this government’s budget adjustments to date have been socially regressive.
“Minister Howlin also says that he will not be held to a budgetary checklist.
“We say that cuts to the old age pension should be out and a social welfare amnesty should be in.”