Thursday 18 January 2018

Kenny promises 'Working Family Payment' during next Government

Enda Kenny
Enda Kenny
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

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

Making the announcement at an event in Dublin last night, he said Fine Gael aimed to end the passive social welfare system here.

Mr Kenny said his party wanted 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.

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's 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," he said.

The Taoiseach added that the scheme would fix many of the failings of the current system that traps people in part-time employment.

Irish Independent

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