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We should fly in the face of nanny state

Sinead Ryan


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Like most civilised countries, providing a welfare cushion in hardship or old age is central to social justice.

Indeed, our social protection budget is bigger than health or education. The majority goes to pensioners, continually rising, without complaint from the taxpayer, despite over-65s being the least likely demographic to be 'in poverty', according to the ESRI. A chunk of money supports those without jobs. This shot up lately due to Covid-19 and we have a curious narrative starting over what value system we expect of those out of work. The Government's decision to hammer the 'stay at home' message to potential holidaymakers is, it appears, hitting those on benefits disproportionately. Whereas someone 'earning' their own money can go abroad (with two weeks' self-isolation their only punishment), welfare recipients will have their income stopped. This includes those whose businesses were effectively shuttered by Government, preventing them 'actively seeking work'.


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