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Tánaiste’s cut will result in greater deprivation in lone parent households – Ó Snodaigh

5 February, 2015 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD


Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Social Protection, Aengus Ó Snodaigh, today highlighted the rocketing rates of deprivation amongst lone parent households, as evidenced by recent CSO figures. Deputy Ó Snodaigh asked the Tánaiste whether she might abandon her plans to lower the cut off age for the One Parent Family Payment in July in light of the continuing and chronic deprivation amongst this group. He expressed his disappointment that she ignored the figures obtained from her own department and refused to be swayed on the cut.

 Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:

“The recently published annual CSO Survey of Income and Living Conditions show the rocketing rates of deprivation amongst lone parent households. In light of the fact that 63% of these households are now living without basic necessities and considering also the absence of affordable afterschool care, will the Minister abandon her plans to lower the cut-off age for the One Parent Family Payment to 7 years from the 2nd of July?"

 “If this cut goes ahead on 2nd July significant financial loss will be suffered by thousands of lone parents and deprivation amongst these households will surely worsen. Almost 12,000 lone parents will suffer a financial loss of up to €86 per week if she proceeds with the cut."

 “The Tánaiste’s  response to a written parliamentary question submitted by me in January stated that 6,400 lone parents will lose up to €36.50 per week, 4,500 lone parents will lose up to €57 per week and 800 lone parents who are also carers will lose a staggering €86 per week."

 “I am disappointed that the Tánaiste ignored the points as I have obtained these figures from her own department and remains steadfast in her dedication to the cuts.”

 “Children in lone parent households are being forced to go without heating in their home, or a warm coat or sufficient food. How many more children will be forced to go without new clothes, a roast joint or a birthday party this summer when their mother’s weekly income suddenly drops by €30 or €50 or even €86?"

 “Figures from the Tenancy Protection Service, which was set up as an emergency measure to protect families facing homelessness in Dublin, show that more than 60% of households seeking urgent assistance are lone parent households."

 “These cuts will lead to more deprivation. These cuts will result in more families facing homelessness. I urge the Tánaiste to abandon her plan to lower the cut-off age to seven next July.”

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