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# respite care grant

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# Cuts
'Budget 2015 needs to give struggling families the peace and security they're entitled to'
An alliance of charities are calling for cuts to be reversed before tax breaks are introduced.
# Social Protection
The number of people receiving a carer's allowance has increased by 40%
Joan Burton came under fire in the Dáil this week for cuts to grants and delays in social welfare decisions.
# Seanad
Seanad passes social welfare and property tax bills
Both pieces of legislation will now go to President Michael D Higgins to be signed into law.
# Budget 2013
Seanad vote could delay Budget's welfare cuts by three months
At least one Labour senator says he may vote against the Social Welfare Bill. One more defect could defeat the government.
# Conflict
Keaveney criticises 'cynicism' of ministers over his voting against government
The Labout TD said ministers and party members were attempting to distract from problematic issues in the budget.
# labour of love
Gilmore hints at plan to remove Keaveney as Labour chair
The Labour Leader says it isn’t “tenable” to have a party Chairman outside of the parliamentary ranks.
Column: Why am I made to feel like a scrounger?
Lisa Domican is an award-winning entrepreneur, and also a carer to two autistic teenagers. It’s clear which the Government values more, she writes.
# Colm Keaveney
Keaveney "determined" to remain Labour party chairman
The Labour TD described the budget as a “conflict of ideologies” and said the issue was one of proportionality with Labour making up only one third of government.
# Down the plank
Labour chairman Keaveney votes against government on respite grant cut
Keaveney will be booted from the Labour parliamentary party after voting against cuts to respite care grants.
# Leinster House
Oireachtas agenda: Social Welfare Bill, insurance premiums and CF unit
TDs finally get to vote on controversial measures like cuts to respite care grant this morning.
# Social Welfare
Social Welfare Bill passes in Dáil, moves to committee stage
The bill includes cuts to the Respite Care Grant and child benefit as well as an increase in PRSI contributions.
# Carers
Pictures: 300 carers picket Leinster House over Budget cuts
The Carers Association said they will continue to keep the pressure on the government because carers cannot afford the cuts.
# carers protest
Carers to protest at Dáil today over cuts to grant
They are demanding the immediate restoration of the 19 per cent cut to the Respite Care Grant announced in the Budget.
# Carers
McEntee called on to clarify 'callous' comments on respite care grant
According to today’s Sunday Times, Minister McEntee said in relation to the controversial cut that “could stay in a top hotel for €700 a week”.
# Your Say
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?
# need to know
The Evening with added live news anchor proposal
Here are the things we learned, loved and shared today.
# Carers
Fine Gael politicians urge Burton to roll back on respite grant cut
A Fine Gael TD and a Senator have both asked the Minister to reconsider the decision to cut the grant by over €300.
# Budget 2013
PHOTOS: Carers hold protest against plans to cut respite care grant
Over 100 people gathered outside Leinster House to rally against the proposed cut from €1700 to €1325.
# Budget 2013
Respite care grant cut by over €300 in budget
The reduction represents a 19 per cent cut in the payment which is used by carers to pay for home help and respite care.
# Carers
Carers using respite grant to pay bills, rather than for actual respite
This week 77,000 full-time carers are due to receive an annual respite grant of €1,700, but it’s unlikely to be used for holidays.