Increases in payments to Wexford social welfare recipients begin this week- Kehoe

Wexford social welfare recipients are going to see increases in their payments to the value of €5 per week, beginning this week. That’s according to Wexford TD and Minister with Responsibility for Defence, Paul Kehoe, who says that while the increases are modest, this is a step in the right direction.

In Wexford approximately 106,100 social welfare payments are paid out, benefitting people and families right across the county. As promised in Budget 2017, the Minister for Social Protection, Leo Varadkar is introducing €5 increases to all payments, starting this week.

“While it’s a modest increase, it’s a step in the right direction. For a lot of people it will be the first increase they have had in 8 years.

“This is a really important part of Fine Gael’s commitment to ensure that everyone benefits from an improving economy, especially those people who need it most. Fine Gael is working hard to build a fair and compassionate society with thriving communities across every region of Ireland.

“The introduction of the increases will be staggered as people receive payments on different days.

“This week approximately 19,000 pensioners in Wexford will receive the €5 increase.  11,845 job seekers in the County will also benefit this week, through increases to both Job Seekers Benefit and Job Seekers Allowance.

Next week increases for carers and people with disabilities will come into effect.  Other groups that will benefit from the increase next week include lone parents, widows and widowers, those in receipt of the blind pension, amongst others.

“Fine Gael is focused on equality of opportunity for all and we want to ensure that everyone who can work is encouraged to do so.  It is great to see that the unemployment rate is now down to 6.6% from a high of 15.1% during the economic crash.

“However we are also using the fruits of our economic progress to benefit those who need it most, including those in receipt of social protection payments, starting this week.

“That economic progress has been hard won over the last 6 years and we cannot afford to throw it all away on other parties who would risk our recovery. I am committed to ensuring that every single family in Wexford sees the benefits of an economy that is growing strongly once again.”