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Tánaiste’s last chance to reverse ‘counterproductive’ cuts to Lone Parent Allowance – Ó Snodaigh

30 June, 2015 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Social Protection, Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD, has said that the Sinn Féin Private Member’s Motion on Tuesday and Wednesday is final chance for the Tánaiste and her government to reverse the changes to the Lone Parent Allowance which will come into effect on Thursday.

Speaking in the Dáil today in advance of Sinn Féin’s PMB to reverse the changes, Dublin South Central TD said:

“The Tánaiste has continually targeted lone parents, one of the poorest groups in our society. She claims, as does the Taoiseach, that these cuts will incentivise lone parents to go back to work. However, these counterproductive cuts will have a massive negative impact on working parents, 8,000 of whom will be hit by cuts as big as €87 per week on Thursday.

“Adequate supports or structures are not in place for working lone parents.  Tánaiste made commitment in 2012 that she would not introduce cuts to the Lone Parent Allowance without the introduction of adequate and accessible childcare, or in her words, a ‘Scandinavian model’. We have yet to see a major investment in childcare and we definitely don’t have anything like a Scandinavian model of childcare.

“If the Tánaiste wants to live up to her earlier commitment she can overturn this decision. Likewise if the Labour Party have any remaining sense of social justice, they will support our motion and reverse the decision to implement these changes which will negatively impact what is one of the most deprived groups in our society.”

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