There’s been a mixed reaction to the government’s announcement to tackle the cost of living crisis with many middle income earners saying that it’s not worth their while to bother working at all.
The government has agreed to a more targeted living expenses package, as well as some universal payments, with €470 million earmarked for social protection measures.
It came after a meeting between the coalition leaders and the ministers of finance, public spending and social protection.
The plan was approved by the Cabinet on Tuesday morning. The measures include a lump sum payment of 100 euros child benefit per child in June and a one-time surcharge of 100 euros for back-to-school help for clothing and footwear in July.
In April, a second complement of €200 will be paid to the beneficiaries of the Working Family Payment, single parents, low-income families, recipients of disability and retirees.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has also confirmed that there will be no additional €200 electricity in May and this will be checked at the next home.
Varadkar has been acused of giving next to nothing to “middle income earners”.
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