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Budget 2015 should protect the vulnerable in society- Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

9 October, 2014 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Speaking ahead of Budget 2015 Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Social Protection, Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has reiterated a call that Budget 2015 should do more to protect the most vulnerable members of society all year round.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh pointed to some of the measures proposed in Sinn Féin's fully costed Alternative Budget, which provides for a targeted additional spend of €255 million on social protection income and employment supports.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:

“Social Protection spending plays a vital role in tackling poverty and raising living standards. Sinn Féin is committed to reversing the cuts imposed by successive austerity budgets that have targeted those with disabilities, carers, young jobseekers and pensioners alike.”

“Our wide ranging measures include proposals to restore the cuts made to the weekly dole payments of 42,000 young jobseekers over a period of two years, a €325 increase to the Respite Care Grant for over 70,000 families and an extra three weeks of fuel payments that are so important for the elderly and people with disabilities.

“We also want to expand access to worthwhile, accredited training schemes, for example we will introduce an additional 4000 community employment scheme places while winding down the exploitive JobBridge programme. These are just a few of the thirteen Social Protection proposals that we have found the money to introduce.”

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