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Thursday, 6 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Financial Resolution No. 15: General (Resumed) (Continued)

This budget is cowardly and indefensible. In particular, the cuts in social welfare target the most vulnerable in society. So much for the pre-election promises and programme for Government's com...More Button

Only one month ago, the Government campaigned on children's rights, promising the Earth, moon and stars, but we can see today the colour of its commitment to children. The number of children at ...More Button

Yesterday, the Labour Party-Fine Gael Government dipped its hand into families' pockets and ripped out €10 for each child. In the case of a family of four, the Minister for Social Protection has...More Button

If all of that was not low enough, the Government has decided to tax the unborn. The decision to start taxing maternity benefit could see some mothers losing more than €1,300 at an expensive tim...More Button

If it was not already bad enough for mothers and their young children, the Government has once again targeted them by cutting the back to school allowance by €50. This annual payment assists the...More Button

Struggling families should fear not, however. The Minister, Deputy Bruton, and her colleagues have included some measures to "compensate" for the cuts. The Minister for Public Expenditure and R...More Button

The Minister for Social Protection, Deputy Burton, has a solution for the majority of families, one that is taken out of Ms Mary Harney's book. Do Deputies remember Mary Harney of the Progressiv...More Button

I will address one of the meanest cuts of all. The annual respite care grant for children and others with severe disabilities is being cut by €325 at a time when respite services are being stead...More Button

When people are at their lowest having just lost their jobs, what is the Government's response? The response of the Labour Party, which supposedly represents the working class - at least that li...More Button

The Government has done nothing in this budget to live up to its promise not to cut social welfare core rates. The changes to the jobseeker's benefit is proof of this, were any needed. Just as ...More Button

The Minister of State's time is up.More Button

Supplementary Welfare Allowance Applications

Asked the Minister for Social Protection: the number of persons receiving supplementary allowance on 1 November 2012; the number of appeals with the social welfare appeals office on same; the number of applications not finalised by her Dep...More Button