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Government trying to hide true level of pension discrimination – Denise Mitchell TD

10 November, 2017 - by Denise Mitchell TD

Sinn Féin Dublin Bay North TD Denise Mitchell has accused the Government of playing down the number of people affected by 2012 pension band changes.

She made the comments after questions to the Department of Social Protection by Sinn Féin showed that more than 42,000 pensioners are on a reduced State Pension due to the changes, as opposed to the 35,000 claimed by Government.

Speaking on Friday, Deputy Mitchell said:

“It is totally unfair that 42,278 pensioners are receiving reduced State Pension as a direct consequence of the changes made to calculate pension bands. That these citizens – the bulk of whom are women – are being discriminated against because they either took time out of work to raise their family or took a summer job is simply outrageous.

“This decision, taken by Labour and Fine Gael in 2012, was done with the full knowledge of the unfair consequences it would have for women.

“My colleague John Brady TD sought a breakdown of the number of men and women affected by the 2012 changes as well as a breakdown by County which shows that 10,514 of these pensioners live in Dublin, namely 7,116 women and 3,398 men.

“With the Social Welfare Bill going before Cabinet next week, we need to hear from the Social Protection Minister of what plans she has to fix this blatant discrimination. If she doesn’t have one, then we in Sinn Féin will seek to amend the Bill to ensure this unfair treatment of over 42,000 pensioners is ended.”

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