Asylum seekers insulted by allowance increase, group says

Increase to €21.60 a week to those in direct provision called ‘offensively miniscule’

Allowance for those in direct provision to increase by €6 a week for children and by €2.50 for adults. Photograph: Alan Betson

Allowance for those in direct provision to increase by €6 a week for children and by €2.50 for adults. Photograph: Alan Betson

An increase in the direct provision allowance to €21.60 a week for adults and children is “offensively minuscule” and shows “no understanding whatsoever” of the lives of those dependent on it, asylum seekers and several groups representing them have said.

Some others, however, welcomed the increase as a step in the right direction.

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