Galway TD requests one-time cost of living cash payment

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A Roscommon-Galway TD has called on the government to take urgent action to introduce a cost of living flat rate to support families and workers.

Deputy Claire Kerrane’s appeal follows the UK Government’s announcement of a £15billion package this afternoon to help families struggling with rising costs.

Their package includes a one-time payment of £650 to low-income households and a £400 energy bill rebate this autumn.

Speaking today, Sinn Féin TD said it ‘says a lot’ that the Conservative government is introducing measures ahead of Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil.

She said the Irish government had “still dragged its heels” at a time when households needed support.

His party presented proposals on the introduction of measures to support households, including a direct cash payment of the cost of living.

According to the party’s proposals, someone with an income of up to €30,000 would receive a cash payment of €200, and someone with an income between €30,000 and €60,000 would receive a payment of €100.

“We have also repeatedly called for the introduction of a €15 million discretionary fund, to support households facing utility debt, especially for those who do not benefit from supports such as the fuel allowance,” MP Kerrane said.

“This is in addition to our proposals to cut childcare costs, freeze rents and tackle rising energy costs.

“These measures would ease the strain on families and workers, while ensuring that households most vulnerable to the spike in the cost of living receive targeted support.”

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