Louth Lone Parents face harsh cuts – Adams

Gerry At Lone Parents Meeting 2015Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams has extended solidarity to the large number of one parent families who held a protest today outside the Dáil against planned brutal cuts by the Labour leader Joan Burton to the Lone Parent Allowance. The cuts are due to come into force on July 2nd.

Teachta Adams said:

“An estimated 12,000 families, including many in Louth, face significant cuts to their lone parent allowance of up to €86 per week. This will be the eighth cut to the lone parent allowance under this Labour and Fine Gael government.

One family Ireland has estimated that there are 6,023 lone parent households in Louth of which 87% are lone mothers and 13% are lone fathers. One-parent families make up 14% of all households in Louth. Many of these will be affected by the cuts.

The impact of this, especially on children in Dundalk and Drogheda and Ardee and across the county will be significant. It will drive many more families into poverty.

Lone parent families are among the most vulnerable people in our constituency.  CSO figures show that 63% of lone parent families are living without basic necessities. It is estimated that at least 135,000 children are in constant poverty and living with without basic necessities.

One parent families are also at a greater risk of homelessness. 60% of households seeking urgent housing assistance are one parent families.

The Labour Leader Joan Burton claims that her cuts are about forcing lone parents to enter employment or education. When she announced the cuts the Labour leader claimed that there would be affordable childcare and afterschool care.

The reality is that for many parents’ childcare remains unaffordable. In addition there are few jobs and many employers in the lower-paid sectors of the economy will not guarantee workers regular or sufficient hours.

For many, the Burton cut will mean having to choose between putting food on the table or paying an electricity bill.”

Cllr Munster Calls On Burton To Reverse Cuts To Lone Parents

Imelda MunsterLouth Sinn Féin Councillor Imelda Munster has hit out at the government’s latest round of cuts, this time targeting lone parents.

Speaking today, Munster said “these cuts are due to come in on 2nd July and there will be around 12,000 families affected. If these cuts go ahead, it will mean a cut of an average of €86 per week and these are families that are already struggling to cope. This will drive many more below the poverty line and as always, it is the children that will suffer”.

Recent CSO figures show that 63% of lone parent families are living without basic necessities.

Imelda Munster, who was selected as a Sinn Féin candidate for the next general election was also critical of Minister Joan Burton’s failure to keep a promise on childcare. “Most of these 12,000 families are already working and Joan Burton promised that these cuts would not be enacted without affordable childcare and afterschool care. This has not been done and now here we are with less than a month to go and absolutely no sign of any of these provisions. It is at the stage where lone parents will be driven away from paid work because of these cuts”.

Cllr Munster said “We in Sinn Féin have launched a postcard campaign and are asking everyone to get involved. This postcard is addressed to Joan Burton who instigated the cuts. It highlights the difficulties these families face and urges the Tánaiste to reverse the cuts immediately. There is still time to row back. The cost of not doing so will be huge.”

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