DOHERTY PLANNING TO ABOLISH CHILD-BENEFIT BY STEALTH WARNS LEAHY
RENUA Ireland leader Cllr. John Leahy has expressed grave concerns over; ‘’the apparent determination of Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty to abolish child benefit by stealth’’.
Mr Leahy was commenting on the view by government that; ‘’targeting increases at certain groups might be more efficient than generalised increases in welfare rates.’’.
Mr Leahy said;
‘’In a scenario where parents of children have not received child benefit increases in two years this view has to be a source of serious concerns.
We all know what ‘targeted increases’ mean for those who get up early to go to work.
RENUA Ireland notes that the government is apparently planning to increase the rate of payment which social welfare recipients receive when they have children.
We are not ideologically opposed to this.
But we would like to know why, if social welfare parents receive increases, struggling working families once again receive nothing.
This is part of a pattern of ongoing behaviour by Children’s Minister Katherine Zappone which has consistently prioritized parents on social welfare over the needs of low and middle-income parents.
This latest statement is an attempt to soften the ground where over time child benefit for middle income parents will be abolished by stealth.
RENUA Ireland is calling stop now to this process and demanding that the Minister move now to reassure the working parents of young children that she has their back.
Otherwise we can only assume that for unsaid ideological reasons Ms Doherty is planning to abolish child benefit for working parents by stealth. ’’