Increase in payments announced as Labour launches new ‘Better for Families’ campaign

Approximately 164,000 families across Dublin will receive a boost to their incomes when changes to social welfare payments come into effect soon, according to Tánaiste and Labour TD for Dublin West, Joan Burton.

The Tánaiste was speaking as Labour launched its ‘Better for Families’ awareness campaign which alerts families to changes that will increase their incomes in January. It coincides with the Social Welfare Bill, which provides for the measures and which the Tánaiste is bringing before the Dail today.

Joan Burton said: “The decision I made in the Budget to increase child benefit will benefit an estimated 164,000 families and over 300,000 children across Dublin. This will put a little extra in the pockets of parents who, along with cuts to the USC, will find they have more money every month from January, when the changes kick in.

“In addition, at least 11,000 families in Dublin will also positively benefit from changes we have made to Family Income Supplement. FIS thresholds will increase by €5 for each of the first two children from January 2016.

“We are also fully restoring the Carer’s Support Grant – the newly-named Respite Care Grant, benefitting at least 15,000 carers in Dublin.

“Together, these are very positive moves and just some of the positive family-friendly measures which we delivered in the Budget. Labour’s imprint on this Budget is strong and it means we are bringing the recovery to kitchen tables across Dublin.”