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Playing politics with the Budget does a disservice to the most vulnerable – Mitchell

11 August, 2016 - by Denise Mitchell TD

Comments today by Minister Pascal Donohoe on the possible lack of spending in the upcoming budget do not show a concern for the most vulnerable in society said Sinn Féin Junior Spokesperson on Social Protection, Denise Mitchell TD.

The Dublin Bay North TD said:

“Comments from the Government Minister reflect a drift away from people who are financially at the bottom rung of the ladder.

“On the other hand, Fianna Fáil, who are keeping this Government in power, have indicated some increases. It seems to be the case of ‘good cop, bad cop’ toward those who have suffered cuts in their payments in recent years. Social protection payments are in place to support the most vulnerable and this Government should be conscious of the standard of living for this group in society.

“Again, this is yet a further leap backward from previous comments by Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar on creating a new social welfare model with index linked welfare payments. In looking at social welfare payments we must be most concerned with people’s standard of living.

“Sinn Féin has previously called for the creation of an independent body which would make recommendations to the Minister for adjustments in social welfare rates. The purpose would be to secure a minimum essential standard of living for those on social welfare payments. An independent body would be a better option to playing politics with the vulnerable.” 

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