Leinster House, Dublin 2.
Sinn Féin spokesperson on Children, Kathleen Funchion (top) and the party’s spokesperson on Social Protection, Claire Kerrane launch the party’s Alternative Budget 2022 for ‘building
back better’ social protection.
Ms Kerrane said:
My proposals include a €10 increase across working age social welfare payments. This is a first step to linking all social welfare rates to the Minimum Essential Standard of Living.
“Another key proposal I am outlining today is the right to a state pension at 65; restoring the State Pension (Transition) and increasing State Pension payments by €5 per week. People have worked hard all their lives and should be able to retire at the age of 65, if they choose to do so.
“I am also outlining Sinn Féin’s commitment to recognise Carers by increasing the annual Carer Support Grant to €2,000, increasing income thresholds for Carers Allowance and proposing a Long-term Carers Pension in line with our State Pension measures. This recognises the incredible and vital role which carers have and which is not recognised enough.”