We need a welfare system that changes according to reality
FINANCE Minister Michael Noonan had some good news for us this weekend as we nervously await his Budget package to be unveiled tomorrow afternoon. The good news is that he appears to have the resources to leave the winter fuel allowance intact.
There is no questioning the principle behind the scheme, which gives €20 per week from October to April to those on low welfare rates, at an estimated cost of €211m per year to the taxpayer.
But the way the scheme is handled represents another example of how we are wasting this economic crisis. The plain reality is that a more tailored scheme could better help those in need, when they need it most, and also give taxpayers better value.