Govt 'seriously damaging poor people'

Social Justice Ireland is calling on the Government to reverse what it has called the unjust conditions those in poverty are living with.

Social Justice Ireland is calling on the Government to reverse what it has called the unjust conditions those in poverty are living with.

Publishing its annual socio-economic review today, the group claimed that people living with poverty have been unfairly affected by budgetary changes in recent years.

The organisation argues that the Government failed to acknowledge that improvements in social welfare rates in the mid-2000s were simply a partial "catch-up" for people who had been left far behind.

This 2flawed analysis" was combined with a faulty logic which justified targeting poor people without realising they were far less able to absorb the ‘hits’ heaped on them, the organisation said.

“As a result, the working poor and people depending on soci! al welfare payments have been left without sufficient resources to live life with dignity because of Government’s actions” according to Fr Healy.

“This situation is unjust, unfair and unacceptable and should be reversed”.

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