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Tuesday, 8th October 2019

Budget a slap in the face for the most vulnerable - Nash

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Senator Ged Nash.

No increase to weekly social welfare rates

No mention of the Minimum Wage in Minister’s speech

Drogheda Senator Ged Nash, the Labour spokesperson on Employment Affairs and Social Protection, has described today’s budget as a slap in the face for the most vulnerable.

He blasted the Government and Fianna Fáil for failing in Budget 2020 to support those on low and fixed incomes.

“There has been no increase to core social welfare rates despite those on fixed incomes facing increased living costs in 2020” Senator Nash said adding that there had been no mention in the Minister’s speech of the increase in the minimum wage. “When it will come into force? he asked.

“Inflation of 1.5% is expected next year but if you are a carer, a pensioner couple or someone with disabilities you will have to live on less in 2020.

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“In the real world this is a cut in all but name. This represents a slap in the face for the most vulnerable in society and an utter humiliation for Fianna Fáil.

“A no deal Brexit will also result in increased food and living costs for those on low and fixed incomes.

“How can Fine Gael describe this as a Brexit Budget, when those whose living standards will be most impacted by a no-deal Brexit are left behind?

“The Low Pay Commission recommended an increase in the minimum wage to €10.10 an hour from €9.80 but the Minister failed to announce when it will be implemented.

“It was leaked yesterday that the increase will be delayed until March. It is simply unacceptable that those on the lowest pay must wait for a modest inflation-proofed rise in their pay.”

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