The government has been urged to introduce a cost-of-living cash payment to help workers and families cope with the rising cost of living.
The move was proposed by Sinn Féin.
Donegal Sinn Féin TD, Pádraig Mac Lochlainn, has backed calls by the party’s finance spokesman, Pearse Doherty TD, for the government to introduce a cost of living cash payment to help workers and families make in the face of the rising cost of living.
Teachta Mac Lochlainn said: ‘For months now we in Sinn Féin have been warning the government about the rising cost of living.
“Instead of taking decisive action, the government stuck its head in the sand, ignored Pearse Doherty’s warnings and let rents, child care costs and energy costs spiral out of control.
“They just don’t understand. They don’t understand the pressure on workers and families, who need action now.
“Electricity credit is better than nothing, but it’s just not enough to meet the challenge that households are facing.
“Pearse Doherty proposes a set of measures to put money back in people’s pockets when they need it.
“A Sinn Féin government would make direct cash cost of living payments to support workers and families; in addition to making available the electricity credit of €100 already announced.
“A person whose income does not exceed €30,000 would receive a cash payment of the cost of living of €200, and a person whose income is between €30,000 and €60,000 would receive a cash payment of the cost of living. the life of 100 €.
“Pearse Doherty has made constructive and costed proposals to address the cost of living crisis, and the government should listen.
“This proposed payment — along with our proposal to put a month’s rent back in people’s pockets and scrap the carbon tax hike scheduled for May — would give hard-pressed workers and families a much-needed break. .”
Teachta Mac Lochlainn illustrated how a couple renting together in Donegal would benefit from Sinn Féin offers.
He said: “Paul and Sarah are a couple who rent together in Donegal. Their monthly rent is €1,000. Paul’s income is €45,000. Sarah’s income is €25,000. Paul and Sarah would receive an electricity credit of €200: €227 would receive a cost of living cash payment of €100: €100 Sarah would receive a cost of living cash payment of €200: €200 Paul and Sarah would receive a refundable rent relief tax credit of €1,000: €1,000. Total support under Sinn Proposals from Féin: €1,527.”