Tánaiste defends controversial welfare cuts for lone parents

Tánaiste Joan Burton has again defended a controversial cut to social welfare payments for single parents.

The One-Parent Family Payment is being cut from next month to single parents whose youngest child is over 7.

The Government has admitted that the change will affect 6,000 single parents - but said that it is designed to encourage them to find work.

This morning, Tánaiste Joan Burton has told the Dáil that by getting more work, those parents will be far better off.

"If a lone parent works 19 hours a week at the minimum wage, they would have an income of €165," she said.

"With the changes I've made, that lone parent would get €205 a week in family income supplement; and if they had one child, they would get another €30.

"So they would actually get €400 a week."

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