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25th May 2022

Those worse off in cost of living crisis to get aid in 2023 Budget

Ellen Fitzpatrick

The minister urged people to seek aid for this.

People who are most in need when it comes to the cost of living crisis are to be given further financial support in this year’s budget.

According to Social Protection Minister Heather Humphreys, more financial aid is coming for those most in need, recognising that there are a lot of people still working but struggling to pay for day to day necessities.

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, she said: “There should be nobody in this country that can’t put bread on the table.

“I’m always going to be looking for support and as I said for [the] Budget, that will target those most in need, that’s something I will do.

“We know it’s difficult out there and people are facing choices that they have to make in terms of their income.”

Speaking about middle income earners now also struggling with these costs, Humphreys urged people to make contact with a community welfare officer.

She told the Irish Mirror: “What I’m saying for specific instances where people are finding themselves in huge difficulty, the community development officer is there, social protection is there, whether you’re on a social welfare payment or whether you’re working and there’s a lot of people out there that are working and need that bit of help and that’s why we are here for.

“For people who find themselves in really difficult circumstances, we have essential needs payment to an urgent needs payment, that is the State’s safety net for anybody that finds themselves in difficulty.”