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Poll: Should the reduction in the respite care grant be reversed?

The decision to cut the grant by over €300 has proved controversial. Should it be reversed or does the government need to stick to its plans?

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SO FAR THE most controversial measure from the Budget this week has been the decision to cut the respite care grant by €325.

The government took the decision to cut the grant from €1700 to €1325 next year while maintaining other allowances that most but not all carers receive with ministers arguing that while the move was “regrettable” it was necessary to reduce social welfare spending.

The measure has been met with protest outside the Dáil and this weekend a number of Fine Gael TDs have come out against the cut and urged the government to reconsider. While the government did row back on a number of budget measures last year it has so far said it is not for turning on this issue as it looks to reduce the deficit.

So today, we want to know: Should the reduction in the respite care grant be reversed?


Poll Results:

Yes, it's unfair (2257)
No, government needs to stick to the plan (1723)
Don't know (399)



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