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Time ticking but Lone Parent Allowance Cuts can be reversed – Snodaigh

4 June, 2015 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD


Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Social Protection Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD today launched a postcard campaign designed to reverse cut to the Lone Parent Allowance. Cuts to these lone parent payments are due to begin on July 2nd and will negatively impact almost 12,000 families.

Deputy O’ Snodaigh said:

“Almost 12,000 lone parents, most of whom are in fact working, will suffer a financial loss of up to €86 per week if Tánaiste Joan Burton proceeds with the cut next month. Cuts to the Lone Parent Allowance will drive some families into poverty and have negative consequences for all.  

“Lone parent families are among the most vulnerable people in our society.  CSO figures show that 63% of lone parent families are living without basic necessities.

“There is also a disturbing increase in homelessness among these one parent families with figures from the Tenancy Protection Service show that more than 60% of households seeking urgent assistance are lone parent households.

“Thousands of families are struggling to survive on the limited income they have. Minister Burton promised that these cuts would not be enacted without affordable childcare and afterschool care. However these provisions were not put in place and the cuts are now less than a month away. The change on July 2nd will drive working lone parents away from paid work.

“This postcard campaign is addressed to Joan Burton who instigated the cuts. It highlights the difficulties these families face, and urges the Tánaiste to reverse the cuts immediately. There is still time to row back. The cost of not doing so will be huge.”

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