Social welfare recipients need more than a festive dig-out – Ó Snodaigh
Responding to reports that the government are considering re-introducing the Christmas Bonus for social welfare recipients, Sinn Féin's Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh has Sinn Féin's fully costed Alternative Budget provides for a targeted additional spend of €255 million on social protection income and employment supports.
He said that people are struggling all year round, not just at Christmas.
Speaking after launching his own party's Alternative Budget Ó Snodaigh said:
“Reports in today’s media suggest that the government is considering reintroducing the Christmas Bonus. But the reality is that people are struggling all year round not just at Christmas. They need much more than a festive dig-out.
“Sinn Féin's fully costed Alternative Budget provides for a targeted additional spend of €255 million on social protection income and employment supports.
“This includes a proposal to restore the cuts made to the weekly dole payments of 42,000 young jobseekers over two years beginning with an increase of €40 in 2015 and a €325 increase to the Respite Care Grant for over 70,000 families.
“We have proposed three extra weeks of fuel payments that are so important for the elderly and people with disabilities. We also include a 10% increase in FIS payments to low income working families and a €30 increase to the income disregard for lone parents in work. These are just a few of the 13 Social Protection proposals that we have found the money to introduce.
“Pensioners, social welfare recipients and all those in employment would also benefit from our proposal to reverse water charges.”