Fianna Fáil Press Office
Cllr Jack Chambers
Dublin West

06 February 2016

Burton has placed families in jeopardy – Chambers

Fianna Fáil candidate for Dublin West Cllr Jack Chambers has accused Labour Leader Joan Burton of failing to protect vulnerable families and said that Fianna Fáil will restore the One Parent Family Payment.

“The cut to the One Parent Family Payment is symptomatic of the two tier recovery that this government has been pursuing. This payment is a key support for vulnerable one parent families across West Dublin and the rest of the country. This cut was callous. Joan Burton said she would protect the most vulnerable but she has failed to do this. In fact her actions have placed more families in jeopardy.

“The One Parent Family payment is a lifeline to many families, and still this government cut it back to when the youngest child in the family was seven. This has placed huge financial hardship on these families who were already disproportionately at risk of poverty.

“Fianna Fáil will restore this payment initially to when the youngest child is 12 and then we will seek to extend it to 14 year olds. The coalition has presided over a new regime where the wealthiest feel the benefit of any recovery, to the detriment of everyone else.

“The Government will have you believe that this is by chance, and not Government policy, but the reality is that this was a deliberate policy choice of the current government. Joan Burton promised a ‘Scandinavian’ style childcare system, but like many of her promises nothing has come of this. Her legacy as Minister for Social Protection is that the consistent poverty rate for lone parent households is 22%, while the deprivation rate is 59%.

“Fianna Fáil is committed to a fair recovery, which will include lone parent families, not just a recovery for the privileged few,” vowed Cllr Chambers.

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