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Ó Snodaigh receives petition of 30,000 against cut in child benefit

22 November, 2012 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Sinn Féin Social Protection spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has received a petition of 30,000 names opposed to a reduction in child benefit payments in the upcoming budget.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh received the petition from the online campaign group Parents against Child Benefit cuts at Leinster House today. He will now deliver it to Minister Joan Burton.

Speaking at Leinster House today Deputy Ó Snodaigh said;

“Sinn Féin rejects any further cut to child benefit. Child benefit has already been cut by both the Fianna Fáil government and the current Labour/Fine Gael government.

“The cut is not necessary. If the government wants to target high earners in the budget then it should go after their income. This would also be more beneficial for the economy.

“Sinn Féin has proposed a third income tax rate of 48% on income over and above €100,000 bringing in €365 million. The return on the proposed cut in child benefit would return only €200 million.

“Contrary to the mantra from the government, Sinn Féin’s budget document, launched this week, shows that there are choices to be made in the upcoming budget. The government can choose to target those who can afford to pay more or it can target low and middle income earners.

“It can cut child benefit and push thousands of families into poverty or it can introduce a third rate of tax on earnings over €100,000. It should make the right choices.”


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