Families struggle to make ends meet due to cost of living crisis – Mary Lou McDonald
The Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald has challenged An Taoiseach to address the cost of living crisis.
Ms McDonald cited the SVP report published today which shows one in five working lone parents living below the poverty line.
Addressing the Taoiseach the Sinn Féin President said:
“The SVP report finds that one in eleven working lone parents were living below the poverty line in 2012, but that number jumped to one in five in 2017.
“It finds that the living standards of lone parents in this State are among the worst in Europe.
“We have the second highest rate of income poverty, persistent poverty and severe deprivation in the EU. And what is most shocking is that the majority of these families are in work.
“These are people who get up at the crack of dawn and still struggle, and fail, to meet their families’ basic needs because of a cost of living crisis that leaves hundreds of thousands of people struggling and living in fear of any type of extra financial burden; such as a car breaking down or a washing machine packing up.
“Low pay - especially in the context of the soaring cost of living - is a real problem. Workers on low wages, and in many cases in insecure employment, are being asked to find the money to pay extortionate rent, crazy insurance premiums and crushing childcare costs.
“And it is not good enough to brush all of that aside Taoiseach with the promise of meagre tax increases at an ill-defined period in the future.
“So I ask you, Taoiseach, what proposals do you have to address the cost of living crisis and when will you introduce a living wage?”