Social Welfare Bill 2020

Mary welcomes the Social Welfare Bill 2020 which will be before the Seanad for final stage December 17th.

The Bill will keep the pension age at 66, as promised in the programme for government. The pension age was previously planned to increase to 67 by the previous Government, this is now deferred.

Other welcome measures include :

Increases in Carers Support Grant, Living Alone allowance, Fuel Allowance.

Increase in threshold for the Working Family payment.

Removes earning limit for One Parent Family Payment.