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Mums confused by benefit cuts

A NEW survey shows widespread confusion among mothers about cuts to maternity benefit.

Cuts that came into effect recently have seen some mothers lose €800 in the payments.

Employers are topping up pay when mums have a baby, the Recruit Ireland survey shows.

A poll by the recruitment agency found that 44pc of mums did not understand recent changes to maternity benefit.

Last summer there was huge controversy when Finance Minister Michael Noonan decided to introduce a tax on maternity benefit.

Women's representatives said the measure was a mean-spirited move by the Government.