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DONEGAL SINN FÉIN LAUNCH TARGETED CAMPAIGN TO PREVENT LONE PARENT ALLOWANCE CUTS

first_imgDonegal North East Sinn Féin TD Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has said that his party will carry out a targeted campaign in a bid to stop the government’s proposed cuts to Lone Parent Allowance. Deputy Mac Lochlainn said Sinn Féin activists would deliver thousands of post cards throughout the county which members of the public can send to Joan Burton to register their opposition to the cuts.Deputy Mac Lochlainn said, “The 7000 lone parents in Donegal – most of whom are in fact working – will suffer a financial loss of up to €86 per week if Tánaiste Joan Burton proceeds with the cut next month. “Cuts to the Lone Parent Allowance will drive some families into poverty and have negative consequences for all.“Lone parent families are among the most vulnerable people in our society.  CSO figures show that 63% of lone parent families are living without basic necessities.“There is also a disturbing increase in homelessness among these one parent families with figures from the Tenancy Protection Service showing that more than 60% of households seeking urgent assistance are lone parent households.“Thousands of families are struggling to survive on the limited income they have. Minister Burton promised that these cuts would not be enacted without affordable childcare and afterschool care.However these provisions were not put in place and the cuts are now less than a month away.The change on July 2nd will drive working lone parents away from paid work.“In response to this proposed cut, Sinn Féin in Donegal and across the state has launched a campaign to put pressure on the Tánaiste to reverse this decision.“We will deliver thousands of postcards, addressed to Joan Burton, highlighting the difficulties these families face, and urging her to reverse the cuts immediately. “There is still time to row back. The cost of not doing so will be huge.“I would ask everyone in the county who receives a postcard to fill it out and send it to the Minister. Anyone who would like more can contact my constituency office on 074 93 22697 and we will arrange for them to be sent to you.”DONEGAL SINN FÉIN LAUNCH TARGETED CAMPAIGN TO PREVENT LONE PARENT ALLOWANCE CUTS was last modified: June 5th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:newsPoliticslast_img read more