Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Social Protection, Willie O’Dea TD, says the cut to the One Parent Family Payment will heap more pressure on already struggling families.
From the start of July, the eligibility criteria for the payment has been dramatically changed, the upper age limit to which parents will receive the payment for their children will be gradually cut from 17 years of age to 7 by 2015.
Deputy O’Dea commented: “The anti-family budget introduced by the Government last December is hitting home for thousands of families this week. The drastic cut to the eligibility age for the One Parent Family Payment will come as yet another blow to families who have already had to deal with cuts to Child Benefit and Maternity Benefit .
“The cut to the One Parent Family Payment may be the last straw for thousands of struggling families throughout the country. Previously a single parent was entitled to the payment until their child was 17, this will be drastically cut to 7 by 2015.
“This was snuck into the Government’s plethora of anti-family measures in the budget but the cut will become a sobering reality for parents from this week.
“Families are becoming more and more disillusioned at the anti-family policies being pursued by the Government. 184,000 families In Ireland are struggling with distressed mortgages. The Government has done nothing to help them, instead they target these families for cuts to every possible payment they receive.
“The cuts to Maternity Benefit and the One Parent Family Allowance will heap even more pressure on already struggling families and it highlights how out of touch this Government has become.”