Friday 22 September 2017

Joan Burton promises no cuts to core social welfare payments

The campaign is designed to establish the level of fraud in the €2bn child benefit bill.
The campaign is designed to establish the level of fraud in the €2bn child benefit bill.

Fiach Kelly Political Correspondent

BASIC social welfare payments such as the dole and pension will not be cut in the Budget, Social Protection Minister Joan Burton has pledged.

Ms Burton was speaking today a pre-Budget session with 31 lobby groups like Age Action Ireland and carer’s groups.



However, the Dublin West TD would not elaborate on what she considered “core” welfare rates, leaving her some wriggle room before the Budget.



“We are committed to maintaining the basic, core social welfare rates that we’re committed to reforming social welfare so that people who are currently unemployed and claiming social welfare, if we get them back to work, every time that happens, it saves the State at least €200 a week and then they start to pay tax,” she said.



The Programme for Government committed Fine Gael and Labour to maintaining basic social welfare rates – such as the dole and old age pension – and not raising income tax.



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