Minister says welfare system ‘not working’ for many and needs to be changed

Doherty signals intention to end traditional across-the-board welfare increases on budget day

 Regina Doherty: “When you break it down there are some who are taking more than a minimum essential living standard from the State but there are a lot of people who are not”

Regina Doherty: “When you break it down there are some who are taking more than a minimum essential living standard from the State but there are a lot of people who are not”

The welfare system is not “working” for thousands of households living in poverty, and radical change to systems is needed, Minister for Social Protection Regina Doherty has said.

Signalling an intention to end traditional across-the-board welfare increases on budget day, the Minister said she wanted a far more targeted approach to guarantee a minimum basic income for everyone.

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