Premeditated attack on lone parents' claim by Wadding

Published 21/04/2015 | 00:00

First Council meeting of the newly elected councill on Friday morning.Cllr Deirdre Wadding
First Council meeting of the newly elected councill on Friday morning.Cllr Deirdre Wadding

COUNCILLORS voted in favour of a motion by Cllr Deirdre Wadding calling for the government to reverse its decision to implement cuts to lone parents, beginning in June.

Cllr Wadding said the cuts, which will affect lone parents in the county whose youngest child is aged seven or over, will cause great hardship for families and lead to poverty and homelessness.

Cllr Wadding said lone parents working part time will see their income cut by up to €220 per month if the plan goes ahead.

'We had speakers down from SPARK, (the Irish Single Parents' Fight Back group), and they showed how a lone parent working a 20 hour week would lose out on €50 per week.'

Cllr Wadding said transitional payments are available but lone parent families are being hit if it means going into a job situation where it will require childcare.

'That will eat into whatever benefit working gives so it's a premeditated attack on women and children,' she said.

Her motion received the unanimous backing of her fellow councillors.

Wexford People

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