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Burton’s cuts to One Parent Families will cause increased homelessness – Aengus Ó Snodaigh

18 February, 2015 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD


Speaking ahead of a meeting of the Oireachtas Social Protection Committee this afternoon Sinn Féin Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD once again called on Minister Burton to reconsider her plans to reduce the qualifying age for children for the One Parent Family Payment.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said this move will drive thousands of families further into poverty, deprivation and the possibility of homelessness.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said;

“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.

“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 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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