COMMENT: Pensions will be a leadership test for Leo Varadkar
Rent supplement rise has reduced room for manoeuvre, writes Michael Brennan
Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar has made tackling the lack of social welfare cover for the self-employed his political priority. That makes sense in a country which is trying to encourage entrepreneurship.
In a nutshell, state pensioners are demanding increases at a time when everyone is living longer. The annual pensions bill is climbing every year by up to €200 million due to increased life expectancy and currently stands at almost €7 billion.
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