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Maskey welcomes supreme court decision to grant a Widowed Parent’s Allowance.

30 August, 2018 - by Alex Maskey


Sinn Féin MLA Alex Maskey has welcomed the decision by the Supreme Court to grant Siobhan McLaughlin access to a Widowed Parent’s Allowance for her children.

Speaking following the decision, he said, 

“I am delighted for Siobhan McLaughlin who today has won the right to claim Widowed Parent’s Allowance.

“It is unacceptable that she was denied this benefit for her four children following the death of her partner on the basis that her and her deceased partner were not married. 

“Not only have she and her children lost a partner and a father, they have had to go through the unnecessary added stress of going through the courts to fight for this outcome today.”

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