Letter to Irish Times concerning the proposed granny grant
Sir, – I have noted with interest a recent public debate on a proposal to support child-minding grandparents with a State-funded allowance of €1,000 per annum, roughly €20 weekly. Over 100,000 people with disabilities live on means-tested income supports. Poverty levels are increasing among them.
The Oireachtas Disability Group, along with the Disability Federation of Ireland, and others, have called for the forthcoming budget to make a starter payment of €20 per week to begin to turn around this unacceptable level of poverty.
These people badly need this additional and entirely justifiable allowance in the forthcoming budget, and I will be urging the Government and Minister for Finance to do just that. – Yours, etc,
Senator JOHN DOLAN,
Chief Executive Officer ,