Finna Fáil Spokesperson on Social Protection and Social Equality, Willie O’Dea TD, has condemned the government’s decision to abolish the Bereavement Graant in today’s budget.
The Bereavement Grant of €850 has been paid to an average of 22,000 families per annum who are eligible to help deal with funeral expenses.
Commentating on the government’s targeting of the elderly in the budget, Deputy O’Dea commented: “The government is now chasing the elderly with cuts all the way to the grave. This final cut is the deepest for bereaved families.
“Funeral costs in Ireland have risen over the past number of years with the average price in the country of around €3,000 to €5,000 but this can rise to up to €10,000 in Dublin. The Bereavement Grant is paid to people who have made PRSI contributions over their working life and is vital to help ease the burden of a close family member passing on. This modest grant gave many families peace of mind and was a welcome respite at a time of grief and stress. By abolishing it, the Government again demonstrates its ability to measure the cost of everything and the value of nothing.”