Sinn 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.”