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The Daily Poll

Poll: Do you support the new standarised rate of maternity benefit?

Maternity benefit will be standarised at €230 per week for new claimants from January.

THERE WILL BE a protest outside the Dáil today against cuts to maternity benefit announced in last week’s budget.

The changes mean that maternity benefit will be standarised at €230 per week for new claimants from January. Currently, it lies between €217 – €262 for women.

The National Women’s Council say that the decision will lead to a “de-facto reduction of €32 per week for the vast majority of women”.

So today we’re asking: Do you support the new standardised rate:


Poll Results:

No (2020)
I'm not sure (1804)
Yes, it's difficult but cuts have to be made (1114)
Yes, it is an equitable money saving measure (640)

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