Call for welfare pay cap as couple claim €90k a year

A SENATOR has urged that a cap on social welfare payments be introduced after it emerged a family of four is claiming over €90,000 a year.

The unemployed married couple, who take home €1,763 a week, have four children and live in Dublin. They are originally from Bosnia.

Labour Senator Jimmy Harte called for a cap on the amount of welfare payments a family can receive.

Mr Harte, who received the information from Department of Social Protection officials, said that €50,000 is more than enough for a family to survive on.

“It doesn’t matter if this family is from Bosnia or Ballymun — this is far too much. The family is doing nothing illegal, but the system is wrong when a couple are able to receive €90,000 per year for doing nothing.

“There are married couples out there with two good jobs, working very hard and are not receiving anything like this.

“As well as receiving €90,000, they will not have to pay property tax or water charges. That is just wrong,” he said.

According to figures obtained by Mr Harte, the family receives the following weekly payments:

* Father’s disability allowance — €322.

* Guardian’s pension for child taken in — €286.

* Rent supplement — €276.

* Mother’s carer’s allowance — €380.

* Child benefit — €288.

* Daughter (17 years) special needs — €211.

Mr Harte said he has forwarded all this information to the Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton.

He says he has no personal grudge against this family, but wants a “root-and-branch” search of all families on social welfare and a cap put on payments.

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