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no one left behind Irish charity says social welfare payments should be raised €10 a week to reduce poverty

Social Justice Ireland said that it would like to see the basic social welfare rate rise to €213 in Budget 2022, which will be delivered next month

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Social welfare payments should be raised by €10 a week to reduce poverty rates, an Irish charity believes.

Social Justice Ireland said that it would like to see the basic social welfare rate rise to €213 in Budget 2022, which will be delivered next month.

It called for the Government to commit to “benchmarking” social welfare supports to 27.5pc of average weekly earnings, which stand at €222 per week over a two-year period.

The organisation “regrets” that the Government failed to deliver an increase to the basic social welfare payment in both Budget 2020 and 2021 and said that this means “that the weakest in our society get left behind.”

Director Sean Healy said: “A lesson from past experiences of economic recovery and growth is that the weakest in our society get left behind unless welfare increases track improvements elsewhere in the economy.

“Budget 2021 was the second Budget in a row which failed to deliver an increase to the minimum social welfare payment.

“A repetition of this failure in Budget 2022 would leave those who are most vulnerable in a very difficult position and see them fall further behind.

“Delivering a fair recovery means no one should be left behind, especially those who are most vulnerable.

“Given the very difficult situation people across the country are in as a result of Covid-19, benchmarking minimum rates of social welfare payments to movements in average earnings is an important policy priority,” he added.

Social Justice Ireland also released a list of proposals for the Government to take into account when completing next Budget.

The group recommends that Budget 2022 introduces a single-rate universal state pension at the rate of €258.30, a cost of disability payment of €20 per week, and increase the annual Carer’s Support Grant to €2,000.

It also said that the domiciliary care allowance, a monthly payment for parents with a child aged under 16 with a severe disability, should be raised from €309.50 to €330.

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Those receiving domiciliary care allowance payments should also be permitted to avail of free travel, the charity said.

It also said that the domiciliary care allowance, a monthly payment for parents with a child aged under 16 with a severe disability, should be raised from €309.50 to €330.

Those receiving domiciliary care allowance payments should also be permitted to avail of free travel, the charity said.

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