Louth Fianna Fail TD Seamus Kirk has slammed Fine Gael and Labour for their “anti-family”cuts and taxes Budget 2013.
Deputy Kirk has said it is deeply unfair middle and lower income families are being forced to take the majority of the pain this year, with a combination of cuts to state supports and a punitive property tax.
“The slashing of child benefit, the tax on maternity benefit, cuts to the back to school allowance, the tax on the family home and the hike in student fees will leave low and middle income families across Co Louth struggling to cope next year,” said Deputy Kirk.
“Lone parents working in part-time or low paid employment will also be impacted by the abolition of the PRSI allowance, along with the reduction in the earnings disregard for receiving the One Parent Family Payment.
“The cut to child benefit will cause significant hardship for thousands of families in Louth and across the North East. Many of these people voted for the Labour party on on the basis that it would stay true to its promise to protect child benefit. “