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Social Protection Committee to discuss single working age payment tomorrow – Ó Snodaigh

17 January, 2012 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

The Joint Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Social Protection and Education will meet tomorrow at 9:30am to hear from department officials on developments relating to a single working age payment. This marks the commencement of the committee’s work on this issue.

Sinn Féin's Aengus Ó Snodaigh had lobbied for the inclusion of this topic in the committee’s work plan and will act as rapporteur for the committee on the issue.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:

“The introduction of a single working age payment would potentially fundamentally change the way our social welfare system operates.

“The prospect of a single social assistance scheme for people of working age is administratively attractive but there is also genuine concern it will be implemented at the expense of the incomes of some very vulnerable and disadvantaged groups. We must not forget that specific rules and schemes were developed over time for people with disabilities, carers and lone parents for good reason.

“In my role as rapporteur I will be meeting representatives of the groups likely to be most affected by any shift to a single working age payment. In the coming weeks I will be gathering their views and making recommendations to the committee.”

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