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Government reforms locked lone parents out of the labour market – Brady

5 July, 2018 - by John Brady TD

In light of today’s ESRI report, Sinn Féin spokesperson for Employment Affairs & Social Protection John Brady TD has once again criticised the Government’s reforms to the One Parent Family Payment which had the aim of incentivising the take up of work, but has had the reverse effect.

Teachta Brady said:

“Lone parent organisations have long raised the fact that under the Government changes to the One Parent Family Payment, lone parents were actually better off financially staying at home as oppose to at work. This reality was ignored by Government.

“Today’s ESRI vindicates lone parents and their representative organisations. Government reforms to incentivise lone parents back to work by drastically reducing the qualifying age from 22 years to 7 have failed.

“The ESRI concludes that the reforms resulted in more lone parents having a greater financial incentive to be out of work. This reality needs to be acknowledged by Government and clear action needs to follow.

“This is yet another report in a long list of reports highlighting Government failure when it comes to supporting lone parents and their families. Budget 2019 provides the Government with a real opportunity to address the issues raised in numerous reports. We need to see the introduction of specific and targeted measures aimed at lone parents with real incentives to return to work or to education.” 

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