Spending cuts to hit welfare, services and pay

Reductions in social welfare payments, child benefit and public sector pay will be announced when Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan finally unveils his budget on Wednesday.

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Ian Kehoe

5th December, 2009

Reductions in social welfare payments, child benefit and public sector pay will be announced when Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan finally unveils his budget on Wednesday.

The cabinet approved cuts of 4 per cent to unemployment benefit and 10 per cent to child benefit last week, while Taoiseach Brian Cowen indicated this weekend that average cuts of between 5 and 6 per cent to pay across the public sector would be necessary.

Government sources suggested that the cuts to...

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