Tuesday 21 February 2017

David McWilliams: As benefit creep meets wage shrink, what's the point in anyone working?

Published 12/02/2014 | 02:30

Picture posed: Thinkstock
Picture posed: Thinkstock

This day last week a letter posted in Connacht came into the Irish Independent addressed to me. Its contents were disturbing. It describes the "new poor"– people with good jobs in our country who can't make ends meet and who are advised by people working for the State that they'd be better off working part-time and taking benefits. I will transcribe it for you.

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Dear David,

I think you may be interested in my story. I am a stay-at-home mother with six children and my husband is a PAYE public sector worker earning a salary of €88,000.

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