Thursday, 14 July 2022
Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions
Cost of Living Issues
90. To ask the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the measures that she is considering along with the additional needs payment to support those who do not qualify for social welfare payments and who also are struggling financially due to current increasing inflation and the cost of living; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [34753/22]
I thank the Ceann Comhairle. People who do not qualify for social welfare but are just outside the threshold are working away on ordinary incomes.
The Minister for Finance will know them as the middle four deciles. These people are under increased pressure on their finances, which makes it difficult to meet the costs of living. Has the Minister looked at measures to see if they can qualify for different schemes to support them with the costs of living, whether it is working family payments or income disregards for pensioners and people who are just on that threshold?
The time has elapsed now for Question Time, so the question will be answered in written form. Our thanks to all the Deputies and to the Ministers for their assistance with Question Time.