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GALLERY: Single parents protest at 'discriminatory' Budget cuts

The SPARK (Single Parents Acting for the Rights of Kids) group took to the streets against cuts to allowances and schemes.

POLITICIANS AND TRADE UNIONS joined single parents as they took to the streets today to protest against what they see as discriminatory cuts put in place by the 2012 Budget.

The S.P.A.R.K. campaign – Single Parents Acting for the Rights of Kids – includes organisations such as OPEN, One Parent, and Treoir.

They marched in protest at cuts to single parents’ allowances, the reduction in entitlement ages, changes to university employment schemes, cuts to college grants and increased registration fees, and cuts to the back-t0-school clothing and footwear allowances.

Single parents have also been hit by school transport contributions, the household charge, cuts to fuel allowances, cuts to subvention rates for creches, restrictions on the JobBridge scheme, charges for FÁS courses and cuts to rent supplements.

Today’s demonstration was also joined by TDs from Sinn Féin and the United Left Alliance, and officials and members from SIPTU.

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