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Underhand cutback to Back to Education Allowance – Brady

14 September, 2016 - by John Brady TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Social Protection John Brady TD has said that despite talk, the minority Government continue with stealth cuts to those who are most in need. Deputy Brady was referring to the new measure whereby those in receipt of Back to Education Allowance may now have their payment reduced in accordance to part time hours worked.

Teachta Brady said:

“In April of this year, changes to the Back to Education Allowance came into effect which will impact all new applicants for this allowance. Previously part-time work during the academic year did not affect the rate paid.

“Now these changes mean that from the 2016/2017 academic year, the allowance will be reduced in accordance with the quantity of part-time hours worked.

“The costs associated with returning to college are huge and we know that many students already struggle at this time of year.

“While the Government continue to talk about the economic recovery and their success in creating it, the cuts have not ended. This particular cut lies in stark contrast to the Government’s rhetoric of assisting people to return to education by making it even harder.

“This pick pocketing measure needs to be reviewed and reversed immediately.

“I have highlighted this issue to the Minister through a Parliamentary Question and I await his response.”

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