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Written Answers - Social Welfare Benefits

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 754 No. 3

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 280.  Deputy Michael Healy-Rae Information on Michael Healy-Rae Zoom on Michael Healy-Rae  asked the Minister for Social Protection Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton  if there is a covert agenda at present to cut 10% of welfare payments that are being made at present from genuine claimants; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [6792/12]

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Joan Burton): Information on Joan Burton Zoom on Joan Burton The Government is committed to protecting the vulnerable throughout the course of the difficult fiscal adjustment process that is currently under way. There is absolutely no question of an agenda, covert or otherwise, to cut ten per cent or any other percentage of welfare payments that are being made to genuine claimants. In fact, protecting the vulnerable by securing the long-term financial viability of the social protection system is one of the main benefits the Government is seeking from the restoration of equilibrium to the Government’s finances.


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