Tuesday 6 December 2016

Taoiseach promises 'Working Family Payment' during lifetime of next Government

Daniel McConnell Group Political Correspondent

Published 08/10/2015 | 20:02

Enda Kenny Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
Enda Kenny Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has promised to deliver a "Working Family Payment" during the lifetime of the next Government.

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Making the announcement at an event in Dublin this evening, Mr Kenny said Fine Gael wants to end the passive social welfare system in Ireland.

Mr Kenny said Fine Gael wants to "help parents take that first step back into work outside the home."

"This is why Fine Gael is committing to rolling out a new ‘Working Family Payment’ in the next Government that will promote work over welfare," he added.

Mr Kenny said the payment would be targeted at low income families. It will supplement, on a graduated basis, the income of a household while at the same time incentivising more hours and full time work, he said.

It will mean that there will be a seamless transition from welfare to work for families and remove many of the welfare traps facing families, Mr Kenny told the Dublin Chamber of Commerce annual dinner at the National Convention Centre.

"This new in work payment, in conjunction with our tax plan and increases in the minimum wage, will make work pay," the Fine Gael leader said.

Mr Kenny said this new scheme will fix many of the failings of the current system that traps people in part time employment.

"Our scheme will be the helping hand up onto the career ladder for many unemployed parents. Once there we will make available additional supports, whether it is training or childcare, to help parents progress into full time or better paid jobs," Mr Kenny said.

"Our society and our communities will be a much better place if everyone has the chance to work.

It is how we break the cycle of poverty for many families. Together we can offer the next generation a better future," he added.

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