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Sinn Féin table amendment to Social Welfare Bill 2017 to reverse 2012 pension changes – Brady

29 November, 2017 - by John Brady TD

Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Employment Affairs and Social Protection John Brady TD has called on all parties to turn their talk into action and to support pension equality when the Social Welfare Bill 2017 is debated at Committee Stage on Thursday.

Speaking ahead of the meeting, Teachta Brady said:

“Last month, Fianna Fáil brought forward a Dáil motion calling on the Government to reverse the pension band changes from 2012. Despite, Fianna Fáil refusing to support the same motion from Sinn Féin a few months earlier, last month’s motion was passed.

“Now, it is time for Fianna Fáil to put their talk into action. The Social Welfare Bill provides an ideal opportunity to reverse the 2012 pension bands and rates and to restore pension equality for the 42,000 men and women who are on a reduced State Pension as a direct result of these changes.

“Sinn Féin has submitted an amendment to the Social Welfare Bill calling on the Government to bring forward a report within two months to advise on the effects of the 2012 pension changes, to put forward the solutions to resolve the issue and to reinstate correct State Pension payments for all recipients with a clear timeline to do so.

“Older people cannot and should not have to wait any longer for pension equality. They certainly should not have to be made to wait until Budget 2019. This is not good enough.

“I am calling on all parties and none to support Sinn Féin’s amendment to the Social Welfare Bill in Committee on Thursday.

“It is time for all parties to put their talk into action. It is time for all political parties and none to support pension equality.” 

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