Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Social Protection, Willie O’Dea TD, says the Government’s budget policy of taxing Maternity Benefit will hit 46,000 mothers throughout the country this week.
Deputy O’Dea commented: “One of the most senseless cuts the Government introduced in their regressive budget was the taxing of Maternity Benefit for 46,000 women all over the country.
“Mothers will this week begin to feel the effects of having their Maternity Benefit taxed; this could cost as much as €833 per mother on average but it could cost some mothers as much as €2,700.
“By treating Maternity Benefit as taxable income, there will be a weekly reduction in the payment mothers receive every week. The 46,000 mothers in receipt of the allowance will testify to the fact that it is not a luxury and many depend on the payment to be able to survive and provide for their children.
“The Government has promised a move to the Scandinavian style Childcare model; but we have seen no progress on that front at all. We are still also waiting to see the publication of promised measures to establish the Child and Family Support Agency and the Children’s First legislation. The Government wants to take money off mothers but at the same time it does not provide adequate protection and safeguards for children.
“Mothers I meet every week tell me they feel under attack. Child Benefit, the One Parent Family Allowance and the Back to School Allowance were cut at the last budget. The anti-family approach of the Government has been significant and mothers will this week pay the price for these policies.”