Family Income Support applicants must be processed by Christmas – Ellis


Dessie Ellis TD has raised concerns at the Department of Social Protection instruction to the Family Income Support section of the department to only process applications received on or after November 5th. The effect of this is that applications coming in now will be processed before the applications of families who have already been waiting for five and six months.
Deputy Ellis said every effort must be made to ensure all applicants are processed and paid before Christmas.
“I understand that the minister, along with senior officials, has taken a decision to instruct the Family Income Support section of the department to only process applications received on or after November 5th. The effect of this is that applications coming in now will be processed before the applications of families who have already been waiting for five and six months. The new applications may be processed immediately while those unfortunate enough to have made their application earlier will be left waiting.
“I understand that most of the families caught up in the pre-November 5th back log will not receive any payment at all before Christmas.
“Over 7,000 families with almost 16,000 children are caught up in this backlog. What are these families to do? What are they to do for Christmas? What are they to do with the growing arrears on their household bills?
“The average applicant who is waiting since June will by now be owed €3,500 in back payments. If they are left waiting until January, this will have risen to €4,700. Many families will have no option but to borrow these sums from money lenders and the cost of these loans will be many multiples of the money that the department owes them now.” ENDS

Sinn Féin Launch Job Creation Plan in Ballymun

Tonight Wednesday 7th November Ballymun Sinn Féin launched its Job Creation Plan ‘Investing in Ireland’s Future create Jobs- Create Growth’ in the AXIS Centre main street Ballymun. Sinn Féin is calling for a 13Billion investment in Jobs creation and Economic growth.

With Unemployment running at 14.8% and 460,000 people on the live register, unemployment has never been worse. Local Representative Noeleen Reilly added ’Fine Gael and the Labour party came to power on the promise of creating more jobs, this has not materialised and in fact in some area’s in Ireland unemployment has actually increased. They said they would create 100,000 jobs, they have actually lost 33,000’
Ballymun in particular has been a community hit badly. Dessie Ellis TD commented ‘ The government have cut capital spending by 2.6Billion and there are all indications that further cuts will be made in the upcoming budget. Sinn Féin is calling for the reversal of this cut and it will be funded from the National Pension Reserve Fund so that regeneration projects in Dublin, Cork and Limerick can be completed. BRL in particular has been hit with a budget cut of 40million this year and this has left many projects uncompleted. With the shelving of Metro North and the Ballymun Shopping Centre, the loss of potential jobs to the area has been devastating.’

Ms Reilly Further added’ the last figures released from the Central Statistics Office have unemployment in Ballymun at 2,845, with 27% of those under the age of 25%. Families are being left heartbroken as daughters,sons,brothers and sisters leave our shoves to find a better life. If Ireland is to recover we need to stop the exodus of our young people. Generations will be wiped out of Ireland’s future to the detriment of us all and our Country. END