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17/09/2021

Government urged to raise social welfare rates by €40 per month

Government urged to raise social welfare rates by €40 per month

Government urged to raise social welfare rates by €40 per month

A justice advocacy organisation is calling on the government to raise social welfare rates by €10 per week.  

The call comes from Social Justice Ireland, which is seeking commitment to standardise rates at 27.5% of average earnings over a two year period. 

The increase would mean the maximum personal rate available would change from €203 to €213 per week in this year's upcoming budget. 

The maximum monthly personal rate would then be a total of €888 per month. 

A Department of Social Protection report released in August this year found that the total government expenditure on social welfare payments for 2020 was €30.6billion.

This was a rise of 46% compared to 2019, which the report stated was "extraordinary". 

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