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Financial crisis: Government plans to cut PUP by €50 a week after summer

DUBLIN: The government is considering cutting the PUP after the summer in view of the financial crisis. The Department of Social Welfare plans to cut €50 a week. It is estimated that the PUP alone has cost more than €7billion so far.

The Minister for Social Protection had approached the Department of Finance seeking an additional €4 billion to provide benefits, including PUP.

The Minister for Public Expenditure, Michael McGrath, has given a clear indication that the PUP will be cut by the end of June. “These supports will continue after that, but perhaps in a changed way. But those changes have yet to be made and we’ll make those in the month of May to give people adequate notice,” he added.

Meanwhile, the People Before Profit (PBP) came out strongly against the move to cut the PUP. People Before Profit TD Richard Boyd Barrett demanded that the PUP must continue as long as people stay out of work because of COVID-19. He demanded that all payments to COVID sufferers be continued until at least Christmas.

“We need to maintain supports for those impacted by COVID and supports for most hard-hit sectors- arts, music, taxis, retail and others. COVID has exposed enormous deficiencies in public services, infrastructure, education, housing and health,” he said TD for Dun Laoghair believes that it is too early to cut the benefits.

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