Meath Senator Thomas Byrne has described the cuts to the fuel allowance announced in the Budget today as “the coldest cuts of all”.

Despite the Government promising not to cut social welfare rates, Minister Howlin announced today that the fuel allowance will be cut by six weeks.

“This is a cut of €120 for pensioners, the disabled and long-term unemployed during some of the coldest times of the year and it will surely send a shiver down these citizens’ spines on the day which brought the first snow of the season to County Meath,” continued Senator Byrne.

“With the Government also abolishing the grants for home insulation, they have shown that their pre-election talk about fuel poverty was only talk. The poorest and most marginal in society will have to suffer the cold while the Taoiseach gives a pay rise to his pals,” concluded Senator Byrne.