Dramatic cuts in social welfare spending, the minimum wage and public sector numbers form key elements of the government’s controversial four-year plan to be unveiled this week.
Social welfare will be cut by 5 per cent next year and further cuts will continue until 2014, resulting in an annual reduction of €2.5 billion in the overall social welfare bill. On average, social welfare payments will be reduced by 11 per cent by 2014.
The minimum wage is...
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