Child Benefit Cuts

5 May 2009

Socialist Party councillor Mick Barry responded to today’s IRISH INDEPENDENT story on child benefit cuts by saying: “Child benefit should not be means-tested, should not be taxed and should not be cut”.

He said that a 10 percent flat rate cut in the benefit would hit a low-income family with three children to the tune of 55 euro per month.

He added: “This news is a real bodyblow for families, including low-income families who are struggling to survive. If they do not fall in the meantime I suspect that this is an issue which could bring the Government down if they try to proceed with it in next December’s Budget.”