Oireachtas Committee calls on Government to scrap welfare plan

Oireachtas Committee calls on Government to scrap welfare plan

A cross-party Oireachtas Committee has called on the Government to shelve plans to introduce a single social welfare payment.

The "one size fits all" payment would see lone parents, people with disabilities, and all others aged from 16-64 received the same social welfare as those on Jobseekers' Allowance.

The Oireachtas Committee on Jobs and Social Protection said that the plan should not be implemented because the lack of necessary supports, services and jobs.

"The Government have to take into account the need for training opportunities, work opportunities, and for other supports which are required for people on social protection, the likes of disabled people and single parents," said Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh, who compiled the Oireachtas Committee's report.

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