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Social Welfare Bill 2022: Committee and Remaining Stages (30 Nov 2022)

Claire Kerrane: I will withdraw the amendment on the basis that the report is being done. I understand the issues around having both parents and equality and all of that. It is not fair on children who have just one parent, however. A child with two parents will have 14 weeks whereas a child with one parent will have only seven weeks. It is not fair on a child who for whatever reason has one parent, even...

Social Welfare Bill 2022: Committee and Remaining Stages (30 Nov 2022)

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Social Welfare Bill 2022: Committee and Remaining Stages (30 Nov 2022)

Section 9 agreed to.

Social Welfare Bill 2022: Committee and Remaining Stages (30 Nov 2022)

NEW SECTION

Social Welfare Bill 2022: Committee and Remaining Stages (30 Nov 2022)

Denis Naughten: I move amendment No. 5: In page 5, between lines 26 and 27, to insert the following: “10.Section 69(1) of the Principal Act is amended, in the definition of “medical examination” by the insertion of the word “virological” after “bacteriological,”.”. I will speak to amendments Nos. 5 and 6 because they are the same. I do not...

Social Welfare Bill 2022: Committee and Remaining Stages (30 Nov 2022)

Heather Humphreys: The Deputy has raised this matter with me previously. The text message he received is very emotive, and we all deal with cases of people in difficult positions. There is a cut-off age here. I acknowledge the Deputy tabled an amendment but it was ruled out of order because, if I am to change the rules in the way it sought to do, that would have considerable budgetary consequences....

Social Welfare Bill 2022: Committee and Remaining Stages (30 Nov 2022)

Amendment, by leave, withdrawn.

Social Welfare Bill 2022: Committee and Remaining Stages (30 Nov 2022)

Kathleen Funchion: Amendment No. 2 has been ruled out of order.

Social Welfare Bill 2022: Committee and Remaining Stages (30 Nov 2022)

Amendment No. 2 not moved.

Social Welfare Bill 2022: Committee and Remaining Stages (30 Nov 2022)

Section 4 agreed to.

Social Welfare Bill 2022: Committee and Remaining Stages (30 Nov 2022)

NEW SECTION

Social Welfare Bill 2022: Committee and Remaining Stages (30 Nov 2022)

Seán Sherlock: I move amendment No. 3: In page 4, between lines 6 and 7, to insert the following: “Report on impact of employee PRSI contributions on minimum wage employees 5.The Minister shall, within 6 months of the passing of this Act, lay a report before both Houses of the Oireachtas on the impact of employee PRSI contribution rates on workers earning the national minimum wage, having regard...

Social Welfare Bill 2022: Committee and Remaining Stages (30 Nov 2022)

Heather Humphreys: I do not propose to accept the amendment on the basis I do not think legislation is the appropriate vehicle for reports, although I understand why it was tabled. The recent Government decision regarding the introduction of a national living wage stated the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, in conjunction with the Low Pay Commission, which is under its aegis, will pursue options...

Social Welfare Bill 2022: Committee and Remaining Stages (30 Nov 2022)

Heather Humphreys: I thank Deputy Sherlock for raising this matter again. I would prefer not to put amendments on reports into legislation. That is my first point. When I say I will do a report, I will do it. Deputy Kerrane will agree with that. If I say I will do a report, I will do it, and I did do it last year. Like many Deputy across the House, I realise the important service provided by community...

Social Welfare Bill 2022: Committee and Remaining Stages (30 Nov 2022)

Seán Sherlock: I am conscious of timings.

Social Welfare Bill 2022: Committee and Remaining Stages (30 Nov 2022)

Kathleen Funchion: I am not sure if there is a time limit on this Stage. There is an overall limit of 90 minutes, so perhaps Deputy Sherlock would not take the full 90 minutes.

Social Welfare Bill 2022: Committee and Remaining Stages (30 Nov 2022)

Seán Sherlock: I will be guided by your good self, Acting Chair. I welcome the Minister's response. I know her to be a fair-minded person. If she says she will do this report, I know she will do it.

Social Welfare Bill 2022: Committee and Remaining Stages (30 Nov 2022)

Heather Humphreys: I will.

Social Welfare Bill 2022: Committee and Remaining Stages (30 Nov 2022)

Seán Sherlock: I do not want to labour the point too much, except to say that I and the Labour Party would be quite protective of the scheme. When we hear of unconfirmed reports about the creation of hubs within the Department itself on decision-making procedures, dare I say that we naturally become paranoid and suspicious. Paranoia in politics is no bad thing, as long as it is in small micro doses. We...

Social Welfare Bill 2022: Committee and Remaining Stages (30 Nov 2022)

Claire Kerrane: I welcome that the Minister has agreed to look at this. It is very important. A number of Members in the Opposition have raised concerns, as have Government backbenchers, about community welfare officers and accessing them. As well as those of us in the Opposition, organisations like the Society of St. Vincent de Paul have raised concerns about accessing community welfare officers. We...

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