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Jill Kerby Financial Matters

We need to talk about means testing

3rd March, 2019
Subsidised universal benefits, such as the free travel pass, the GP card and the free TV licence, top up the state pension by thousands of euro Pic: Getty

Later this month, on March 25, the €5 increase promised in last October’s budget will be paid to state pension recipients, lone parents (who also get other benefit adjustments), carers, parents on maternity, paternity and adoptive leave, people with disabilities and job seekers.

These and other benefits – like finally allowing the self-employed to claim jobseeker benefits, which will begin towards the end of the year – will cost a total of €361.6 million,...

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