Burton expects core social welfare rates to remain unchanged

Burton expects core social welfare rates to remain unchanged

The Social Protection minister said that she expects core social welfare rates to remain unchanged in the Budget.

Speaking at her Department's pre-budget forum this morning, Joan Burton said welfare spending was a vital way of getting people to spend money.

The welfare budget is set for a cut of €440m in October's Budget.

But the minister said that she is confident that the most vulnerable can be protected from any cutbacks.

"In the two previous budgets that I have been involved in we have had very detailed discussions," she said.

"The outcome of those discussions is that I have been able to protect the core weekly payments that people receive

"And I certainly anticipate and hope that I will have the support of my colleagues in achieving that this year."

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