Letters to the Editor: Budget must focus on helping those living in extreme poverty
Some 300 Irish people have grown their wealth by more than €100bn, our national media stated in April 2017. There is stark contrast when one reads in the Social Justice Ireland report of an increase of 100,000 of our citizens who have slipped into poverty, bringing the total to 750,000.
Single people on job-seekers' allowance or disability payments get less than €200 a week. One has to manage to live with dignity and resolve on this money. Many depend on the various levels of handouts from charitable bodies that vouch for the growing needs through Ireland. This can erode one's self-worth and esteem, and standing in the community.
The latter has been backed up by the Central Statics Office and the Anti-Poverty Strategy.