Monday 20 November 2017

FG values dole cheats above our children

Your revelation that over 2,000 prisoners fraudulently claimed welfare last year while they were in jail, and amazingly while even on the run, was utterly shocking.

Assuming each dole thief claimed the minimum payment of €188 per week, this means the taxpayer was defrauded €19.96m last year. To put this amount into context, €19.96m would pay the salaries of 860 special needs assistants (SNA).

FG promised a crackdown on welfare fraud. If it had lived up to this promise, there would be no need to cut the 200 SNAs, a decision that led to protests outside the Dail last week. Not only would it not need to cut these 200 SNAs, it could afford to employ another 660.

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