Orla O’Connor (Acting Director of the NWCI) has called on the Minister to reverse his decision to tax or means-test Child Benefit until such time as there is a fully subsidised quality childcare infrastructure in Ireland. Barnardos welcomed the fact that no reduction in the basic social welfare rates will be made, but expressed concern that the reduction to the rent supplement scheme announced yesterday will adversely affect those living in the private rented sector and increase their risk of homelessness.
Siptu President Jack O’Connor has said Budget does not provide for social solidarity, while Impact warned that the Budget cuts, and the reassertion that more cuts will follow in 2010 and beyond, mean we are now entering a period of public service rationing.
Meanwhile Comhlamh has criticised cuts in overseas development aid.
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