All State pensions should not be equal, says Minister

Regina Doherty wants to reform welfare payments to help those ‘who are most at risk’

Regina Doherty,  Minister for Social Protection:  ‘It’s about ensuring everyone has a minimum standard of living.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

Regina Doherty, Minister for Social Protection: ‘It’s about ensuring everyone has a minimum standard of living.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill / The Irish Times

It is not “fair” that some older people receive State pensions that are more than they need while others on the same amount live in poverty, Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty has said.

Ms Doherty said she wants to reform the welfare system and bring an end to €5 top-ups on every welfare payment being announced on budget days.

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