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Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation (12 Jun 2024)

Éamon Ó Cuív: For a long time, as the Minister for Social Protection is aware, I have been making a case for the reform of the means testing of social welfare payments and how the system operates. Many of the provisions in that regard date back a long time and a lot of the disregards have not changed over time, although some have. I did very much welcome the setting up by the Minister of a review of...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Social Protection: Impact of Single Means Test and Experience of Universal Credit System in the United Kingdom: Discussion (12 Jun 2024)

Éamon Ó Cuív: I listened with great interest to what the witnesses have had to say. We must start making choices. Regarding what Dr. Brewer has said, a theoretical simple system might look very attractive but my first question is, if it was decided to go to universal credit or some system of universal payment, how long would it take to get there? Second, when the system was introduced, from what I...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Social Protection: Impact of Single Means Test and Experience of Universal Credit System in the United Kingdom: Discussion (12 Jun 2024)

Éamon Ó Cuív: Something I notice about social welfare theory is that there seems to be paranoia about how, if there is not an instant change in the system, someone might get a payment despite an increase in income. The working family payment works on a different principle. It takes someone’s income from last year. He or she can go off to work, earn whatever he or she wants and still get the...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Social Protection: Impact of Single Means Test and Experience of Universal Credit System in the United Kingdom: Discussion (12 Jun 2024)

Éamon Ó Cuív: Apologies, I have one final question.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Social Protection: Impact of Single Means Test and Experience of Universal Credit System in the United Kingdom: Discussion (12 Jun 2024)

Éamon Ó Cuív: In most social welfare systems, there seems to be a presumption that there are a great many lazy people out there who are perfectly capable of working but are shirking work, and they will give them a kick if they do not work and give them an incentive if they do. We effectively have full employment here. My experience from employing people in the past, before I became a politician, was that...

Written Answers — Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: Scoláireachtaí Gaeltachta (30 May 2024)

Éamon Ó Cuív: 45. To ask the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht an bhfuil i gceist aici tuilleadh scoláireachtaí a bhronnadh ar scoláirí ón mórthír le freastal ar na meánscoileanna ar na hoileáin i bhfianaise chomh maith agus atá éirithe leis an scéim scoláireachtaí go dtí seo agus an gá atá ann na scoileanna...

Written Answers — Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: Scoileanna Gaeltachta (30 May 2024)

Éamon Ó Cuív: 49. To ask the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht an bhfuil i gceist aici scéim a bhunú a thabharfadh tacaíocht do scoileanna beaga ar an mór thír agus ar na hoileáin atá faoi bhagairt mar gheall ar uimhreacha, trí thacú le teaghlaigh a bhfuil Gaeilge acu, nó atá báúil don Ghaeilge agus a bhfuil gasúir acu in...

Written Answers — Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade: Passport Services (30 May 2024)

Éamon Ó Cuív: 139. To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade when a passport will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Galway; the reason for the delay in issuing the passport; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24563/24]

Ceisteanna ó Cheannairí - Leaders' Questions (29 May 2024)

Éamon Ó Cuív: Over the years we have had the refusal of the Galway bypass, the refusal of planning permission for the road from Maam Cross to Clifden, massive delays relating to the road from Maam Cross to Oughterard, the refusal of Páirc na Mara, which was a development by Údarás na Gaeltachta, and recently a court case about Ros an Mhíl. It is beginning to become evident that it is...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Social Protection: Impact of Means Testing on Carer’s Allowance and Other Social Welfare Schemes: Discussion (29 May 2024)

Éamon Ó Cuív: We have two challenges here in the long term and the short term. The question is how you get to a long-term aim in the short term. What we are trying to do on this committee is to balance both. We will make a submission for the budget. The budget is finite. One of the challenges in the budget, if you are Minister for Social Protection, is that you are given a wad of money. Then you have...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Social Protection: Impact of Means Testing on Carer’s Allowance and Other Social Welfare Schemes: Discussion (29 May 2024)

Éamon Ó Cuív: Yes, that is fine, but how would it be done? What would be the changes to social welfare?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Social Protection: Impact of Means Testing on Carer’s Allowance and Other Social Welfare Schemes: Discussion (29 May 2024)

Éamon Ó Cuív: That presumes that someone who is a full-time carer in a house, works as a carer outside the house doing more caring.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Social Protection: Impact of Means Testing on Carer’s Allowance and Other Social Welfare Schemes: Discussion (29 May 2024)

Éamon Ó Cuív: Does Ms Maher have any idea how many people who provide professional care outside the home are also carers within the home taking care of others?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Social Protection: Impact of Means Testing on Carer’s Allowance and Other Social Welfare Schemes: Discussion (29 May 2024)

Éamon Ó Cuív: Yes, but how many get carer's allowance?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Social Protection: Impact of Means Testing on Carer’s Allowance and Other Social Welfare Schemes: Discussion (29 May 2024)

Éamon Ó Cuív: That is fine. If the witnesses do not know, they do not know.

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Social Protection: Impact of Means Testing on Carer’s Allowance and Other Social Welfare Schemes: Discussion (29 May 2024)

Éamon Ó Cuív: When you look at the literature, one thing that becomes absolutely obvious is that single parent families are the poorest in the State. Again and again that comes out in all the literature. This committee is conscious of that. General rates of social welfare are important but also anything that inhibits additional income - you start climbing out you get clawed back - has to be absolutely...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Social Protection: Impact of Means Testing on Carer’s Allowance and Other Social Welfare Schemes: Discussion (29 May 2024)

Éamon Ó Cuív: May I ask a few questions?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Social Protection: Impact of Means Testing on Carer’s Allowance and Other Social Welfare Schemes: Discussion (29 May 2024)

Éamon Ó Cuív: Would it be a help were we to abolish the transitional payment and went back to the one-parent family payment and made it payable up to the 13th birthday?

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Social Protection: Impact of Means Testing on Carer’s Allowance and Other Social Welfare Schemes: Discussion (29 May 2024)

Éamon Ó Cuív: We could abolish it and cut the messing on it.

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