Statement from Green Party Minister Joe O'Brien on the social protection measures announced in Budget 2023
Regarding the social protection measures announced in Budget 2023, Green Party Minister of State Joe O'Brien stated;
"Addressing poverty is a constant priority for me and earlier this year, I commissioned ESRI to carry out research into the most effective payment means to reduce poverty. That research showed that targeted payments, and in particular that Working Family Payments & Increase in Qualified Child payments, are effective in targeting poverty in families with children so I am pleased to see increases in both those payments in Budget 2023. At this particularly tough time for families, I know that these increases will go some way towards helping families with day to day costs however I am committed to continuing to strive to reduce poverty, in all its forms, in order to achieve the commitments laid out in the Roadmap for Social Inclusion."