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Disappointment at failure of Minister to double Fuel Allowance

7 December, 2005

Sinn Féin Social Affairs spokesperson Seán Crowe TD has expressed his disappointment at the failure of the Finance Minister Brian Cowen to at least double the Fuel Allowance in today’s budget as he had previously called for.

Deputy Crowe said, “The €5 increase in the Fuel Allowance announced by the Finance Minister Brian Cowen today will not be enough to adequately deal with the problem of fuel poverty. It is extremely disappointing that the Minister did not recognise the need to at least double the allowance as I and anti-poverty groups had called for.

“Some 1,500 to 2,000 people die in winter months due to poor housing and cold weather. The Minister has not gone far enough to deal with this particular problem even though he had the resources to do so. His failure to recognise this basic need is a sign of how far removed the Minister is from the reality families suffering fuel poverty.” ENDS

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