Budget 2016 shows ‘callous disregard for low income families’ – Ó Snodaigh
Aengus Ó Snodaigh, Sinn Féin TD spokesperson for Social Protection, has hit out at the callous disregard shown by this Government in today’s budget for the young people of Ireland, One Parent families and struggling low income families.
Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:
“This Government has again chosen the path of an unfair recovery; a recovery for the wealthiest in society. Our most vulnerable and deprived citizens have been left behind in a budget that has given crumbs to everyone in the audience except our young people, children in one parent families and our poorest working families.
“Any hope these young families and young people had that Budget 2016 would alleviate their hardship has been dashed.
“The lack of any measure to give hope to our young people is a glaring omission in this Government’s budget. Young people, the future of our nation, have been airbrushed out of the recovery.
“This Government has given our young people a big, fat zero in today’s budget.
“Young jobseekers have received not a cent in today. Emigration seems to be the option preferred by Fine Gael/ Labour for young Irish men and women in order to keep them off the live register and encourage them to leave and keep costs down.
“Sinn Féin values our young people. We would have restored equality for young jobseekers. Our fully costed alternative budget reverses the cuts to Jobseekers allowance and supplementary welfare allowance for under 26s to the tune of €72 million.
“Struggling low income families have been offered a paltry €3-€6 euro by Labour /Fine Gael today. A meaningless gesture that is insulting to these families who have suffered enough and shouldered the burden of austerity, when considering the cuts they have borne and the introduction of water charges, property tax and inflation. Where is the fair recovery for them? Sinn Féin would have increased Family Income Supplement by €18.50 to go some way towards supporting these struggling families.
“One Parent families who suffer real deprivation have been offered peanuts in this budget. Sinn Féin would have supported these families to the tune of €41 million.
“Sinn Féin can deliver a fairer recovery for the young people of Ireland, struggling working families and our vulnerable lone parents and their children. Their future is not safe in the hands of this Government. That much was made clear today. There is a better way.”