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Solution to 2012 pension changes to be brought forward next month – Brady

7 December, 2017 - by John Brady TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson for Employment Affairs & Social Protection John Brady TD has welcomed the passing of an amendment to the Social Welfare Bill 2017 which will ensure that proposed solutions to address the 2012 pension changes will be brought forward next month.

Teachta Brady said:

“The passing of this amendment signals the light at the end of the tunnel for over 40,000 of our older citizens who have been unfairly in receipt of reduced State Pensions.

“In many cases, these pension reductions occurred where an older person had taken time out of work to raise a family or care for a loved one and they were then punished by Fine Gael and the Labour Party for doing so.

“Minister Regina Doherty has made a clear commitment that the Department’s paper which will outline the issue, proposed solutions and costs involved will be presented to the pension’s sub-committee on January 18th and will then go before Cabinet. This Cabinet meeting has to be held within seven days of the sub-Cabinet meeting.

“This amendment will ensure that this paper is immediately published once presented to Cabinet and therefore, we will have a solution to this issue by the end of next month.

“While, this is welcome, it has to be acknowledged that this has been a long time coming. This is simply righting a wrong than should never have been made in the first place.” 

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