Thursday 27 April 2017

John Drennan: Child benefit to be cut by €10 per child

Labour reneges on election promise of 'no more allowance cuts after last year'

John Drennan

John Drennan

Child benefit will be cut by at least €10 a month in the Budget on December 6, the Sunday Independent has learned.

The Department of Social Protection wanted to tax the benefit, but bureaucratic difficulties mean the benefit will "be cut by at least €10 a month and it could even be higher''.

The decrease in the benefit is one of a number of controversial measures that the Social Protection Minister Joan Burton will have to bring in as she tries to protect the old-age pension and basic rates of unemployment benefit.

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