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Sinn Féin’s Alternative Budget will will protect most vulnerable from increases in the cost of living - John Brady TD

3 October, 2017 - by John Brady TD

Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Social Protection John Brady TD has said his party’s alternative Budget will protect the most vulnerable from increases in the cost of living.

Speaking following his party’s Alternative Budget launch, Teachta Brady said:

“The most vulnerable people in society continue to live with the consequences of decisions made by Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael in previous, regressive Budgets.

“Lone parents, carers, young jobseekers, older people and people with disabilities continue to struggle to cover basic costs on a daily basis. These are the people that Sinn Féin stands with – we are on their side.

“Sinn Féin’s Social Protection proposals focus on making life easier for these people starting with protecting all weekly social welfare recipients from increases in inflation at a cost of €182.2 million, including Family Income Supplement.

“In recognition of the discrimination rife within our Social Protection system, Sinn Féin would increase Jobseekers payments for those aged under 26 by €30 as a first step to restoring the payment in full.

"When it comes to the discrimination faced by many when it comes to their State Pension and in particular, women, Sinn Féin would restore the pre-2012 pension bands and rates and we would restore the State Pension Transition for 65 year olds.

“In addition to these pension measures and in striving to ensure older people receive an adequate pension at retirement; we would increase the State Pension by €4.50.

“Sinn Féin remains conscious of the many difficulties faced by lone parents especially since changes to the One Parent Family Payment.

"With this said, Sinn Féin would increase Family Income Supplement by 5%, increase One Parent Family Payment by €5 and raise the cut off age for this payment to 14 years.

“In recognising the additional cost of disability, Sinn Féin would increase Disability Allowance, Blind Pension and Invalidity Pension by €6. We would increase Carers Allowance and Carers Benefit by €5.

“Sinn Féin are very clear that, in the current circumstances, there is no space for tax cuts for higher earners in this budget and all available resources must be used to begin to tackle the major crises in health and housing to the benefit of all citizens.”

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