Independent report on lone parent payments progressing – John Brady TD
Sinn Féin TD and Spokesperson for Social Protection John Brady has welcomed the opening of the tendering process for an independent report into the impact of changes to the One Parent Family Payment for lone parents.
Teachta Brady said:
“During the debate on the Social Welfare Act 2016, I was delighted that my amendment regarding lone parents was passed. This is the first time that a commitment has been made specifically around lone parents in a Social Welfare Act.
“This means that an independent report will be carried out examining the impact that the reforms and amendments to the One Parent Family Payment scheme have had on lone parents. The report will also explore the financial and social effects of all changes made since January 2012, taking into account poverty rates among lone parent families.
“Given the recently released CSO Survey on Income & Living Conditions figures which show an increase in consistent poverty among lone parent families, the reference to poverty rates in this report is crucial.
“I note that the successful tender will be given until August 2017 to complete this report. However, I would expect to see it completed before then. Having said that, I welcome the fact that this report will be published ahead of Budget 2018 and therefore, it is imperative that its findings are reflected in the Budget. This was absolutely necessary in calling for this report.
“Interested parties will have until April 4th to issue a request of tender to complete this report. I look forward to the progression of the report and I will be reminding Minister Varadkar that action must follow the publication of this report. There can be no further delay in recognising the need for targeted measures to assist lone parents and protect both them and their children from poverty.”