Coalition considers cap on welfare

A British-style cap on social welfare benefits to make work pay is one of the options being considered for next month's budget, senior government figures have confirmed.

14th September, 2013
Enda Kenny and Eamon Gilmore: welfare is a key battleground in budget debates. Photo: Maxwells

A British-style cap on social welfare benefits to make work pay is one of the options being considered for next month's budget, senior government figures have confirmed.

A range of radical measures to tackle welfare traps and encourage people to return to work are being examined as part of next month's budget measures.

It was confirmed this weekend that officials at both minister Joan Burton's department of Social Protection and the Taoiseach's office are examining...

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