SVP warns of welfare strife

The society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) has warned that it expects a ‘‘large increase’’ in requests for help after next month’s budget, which is expected to cut welfare payments, writes Martha Kearns.

21st November, 2009

The charity will tomorrow launch its annual appeal for funding, clothes and toys in the lead-up to Christmas. But it said that the pressure on its services and its 9,500 volunteers was expected to increase, with some of the demand already being blamed on proposals - such as the axing of the Christmas bonus - which are likely to be contained in Budget 2010.

Mairead Bushnell, the charity’s national president, said it had experienced increased demand for...

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