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Indecon Report highlights clear evidence that Government policy directly made life more difficult for lone parent - John Brady TD

9 October, 2017 - by John Brady TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Social Protection John Brady TD has welcomed the publication of the independent Indecon report which raises the changes made to the One Parent Family Payment and the impact they have had on lone parents.  

Speaking on the release of the report today, Teachta Brady said:

“Sinn Féin fought hard during deliberations on last year’s Social Welfare Bill to secure an amendment to ensure that this report would be carried out independently and published ahead of Budget 2018.

“This report provides clear evidence of the impact that the changes made to the One Parent Family Payment by Fine Gael and Labour have had on lone parents - impacts that Sinn Féin has consistently raised with the Government since these changes were first introduced in 2012. 

“We now have clear evidence that such inconsistencies and hardship exists as a direct result of the policy decisions made by Government. 

“In short, the report found that evidence indicates that there is an increased probability of being at risk of poverty as a result of the changes, many lone parents who lost the One Parent Family Payment remained unemployed, or were in low paid or part-time employment, and further supports, aimed at assisting lone parents to obtain full-time employment or increased hours of work, need to be put in place.

“I understand that Minister Doherty was meeting with Minister Donohue this morning so there can be no excuse for the findings of this report not to be reflected in tomorrow’s Budget.”

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