THE SINN FÉIN spokesperson on social protection Aengus Ó Snodaigh has hit out at reports that the government is considering taking property tax from social welfare payments.
Ó Snodaigh is responding to a report by RTÉ which claims that high ranking civil servants at the Department of Social Protection have discussed the move.
He said that the government must now move to assure welfare recipients that they will not “be pilfered at source to pay for the property tax”.
This is nothing short of daylight robbery. People who are in receipt of social welfare are some of the poorest in our communities… It shows just how desperate this callous government has become.
Ó Snodaigh has called on the Social Protection Minister Joan Burton to rule out the option of taking money directly from payments.