Wednesday 21 March 2018

Councillor fears losing allowance

Elaine Keogh

A POLITICIAN says she may not be able to make ends meet when she loses an allowance she gets for chairing a local authority.

Dundalk Town Council chairwoman Jennifer Green (31) gets a weekly allowance of €250, but her tenure ends in June.

The Sinn Fein councillor and mother of two said that when she no longer holds the chair, "I don't know how we'll survive."

Ms Green and her partner, Alan Cassidy (27), who are out of work, live in rented accommodation with their children.

"I get €160 a week for being a councillor and €10 of that goes on the USC," she said.

"My partner gets €188 in social benefit and we get €50 a week off social welfare, and that's it.

"We have two children, and we'll find the €20 a month cut in child benefit very difficult."

As chairwoman of the council Ms Green gets a weekly allowance of €250. "We survive on that money," she said.

Ms Green said she knows of mothers for whom the €10 cut in child benefit will mean they cannot afford a monthly trip to the cinema with their children.

"This benefit is for the child and they are entitled to it. When you have nothing, a cut like this is massive," she said.

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