Wednesday October 28, 2020

Budget 2013: Welfare cutbacks could have been a lot worse

Coalition baulked at 'landmine' cuts to grants and allowances, but pressed on with heavier cuts to the respite care grant, writes Niamh Connolly.

9th December, 2012
Joan Burton: reduced the cuts.

The Labour Party has come under siege from the public, opposition parties and some of its own TDs for failing to protect the vulnerable and those on low incomes.

Yet documents seen by this newspaper show that the scale of the cutbacks first envisaged for social welfare claimants would have made for even more politically unpalatable policies than those unveiled last week.

In the early stages of negotiations, senior officials at the Department of Public...

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