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Labour motion seeks to protect child benefit

Posted on November 30, 2009

This week in the Dáil will see the House debate a Labour Party motion which seeks to protect Child Benefit in the forthcoming December Budget.

Proposing the motion, Deputy Roisin Shortall, our Spokesperson on Social and Family Affairs, said: "The Labour Party recognises that child benefit accounts for a significant proportion of the social welfare budgets, but there are compelling reasons why it should continue to be a universal payment paid at the current rate.

"Families throughout the country are struggling to make ends meet in the face of the high cost of raising children and the cuts that have already been made to family incomes. In addition, there is no recognition in the Irish tax system of the costs associated with bringing up children."

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