Posts tagged ‘Joan Burton’
We wrote to you last year about the crazy situation where dozens of young people who have experienced homelessness are trapped in emergency homeless accommodation because their income is too low for them to afford to move on into independent living.
When the welfare rates to young people were halved in 2009, young people who had grown up in care were protected, recognising that they would need a full payment if they were to provide a home for themselves. However young people who become homeless after they reach 18, but were never in care, receive no such protection.
After a period in emergency accomodation, such young people are ready to move on with their lives, possibly with tenancy support services – but even if they can find a private flat and get rent supplement they cannot afford to take it up because after their rent contribution they would be left with only €70 to €100 a week to live on.
As a result they remain stuck in Emergency Accomm odation whose facilities they no longer need and which is more expensive than supporting them to find and maintain a home. . It is hard to get on with your life – take up education or apply for a job – when your address is an emergency homeless hostel. At present the only way out is to wait until they turn 25!
Last year, Focus Ireland supporters sent over 2,000 e-mails to their TDs and Senators asking for action on this situation. This resulted in dozens of Dail questions and a very positive response by the Minister Joan Burton. But since then … nothing. There has been no change at all in the position of these young people.
To help push this issue forward, Focus Ireland, in collaboration with other homeless organisations around the country, is holding a briefing session for TDs and Senators in the Dail on the 17th April. At thie briefing we will outline the problem and put forward a solution which will use the Youth Guarantee to assist these young people mo ve out of Emergency Homeless Accommodation and on into training, education, employment – and a sustainable home.
We are writing to you now to ask you to send a reminder to your local TD/Senators to attend the briefing and put their political weight behind finding a solution to this problem. There is an easy-to-use prepared letter here.
With thanks for your support.
Mike Allen Director of Advocacy Focus Ireland
- Charities warn homeless will suffer if HSE cuts continue (irishtimes.com)
- Government promises to end long-term homelessness by 2016 (independent.ie)
- Date to end long-term homelessness (independent.ie)
- Irish charities find the going gets tougher (guardian.co.uk)
A former deputy director of the IMF has warned that it’s unlikely Ireland will be in a fit state to exit it’s bailout programme next year.His comments completely contradict suggestions made by the Social Protection Minister Joan Burton who said yesterday that Ireland is well-placed to exit the programme sooner than expexted.Donal Donovan, now a member of the Fiscal Advisory Council, has said it’s highly unlikely that we’ll see the back of the Troika in such a short period of time.He says it’s much more likely that Ireland will enter a less invasive programme in 2014 to make the bailout exit smoother.
This is of course a lode of bull. This country is the 2nd most indebted country in the world! We haven’t a hope in hell of ever paying back. The government is just winging it in the meantime in the hope of getting some crumbs that might fall from the table when the Greeks eventually Default!
We are all taped out Kenny ,not one red cent more will you get from me!
Our total national income is nowhere near enough to even pay the interest on the debts our government have taken on! With 35%of out tax take just going on interest payments this is just not sustainable. I have published this graph on a number of times on this blog and I would ask you all to copy it and send it to your local TD,s and ask them to justify why we are still trying to please our real masters in Berlin. We must stop believing the absolute crap Kenny and Noonan are spreading we will not get any relief from the Berlin mafia as we are paying our dues and that is all they want us to do .
We are been bullied and like all bullies we have fallen on our knees and we are begging for mercy and a few crumbs from our bullies table .We must get up off our knees and rid ourselves of our financial tormentors in the ECB and in Berlin. Enough is enough it s now payback time .we must fight back and first plan of action is to default. This will happen in the end in any case! These debts are not ours and we were not bailed out we bailed out the ECB and Deutsche Bank! We need patriots who will fight for the Irish Nations self interest and not puppets and collaborators like Kenny, Noonan, and Gilmore who have sold us out to the financial slave drivers in Europe!
Ireland stand up and fight back now!
- Ireland will not make quick exit from bailout programme (newstalk.ie)
- State will not need a second bailout – Taoiseach (independent.ie)
- Ireland Urges ECB To Commit To Bond-Buying (infiniteunknown.net)
- We’re ready to leave bailout, says Noonan (independent.ie)
- We’re ready to leave bailout, says upbeat Noonan (independent.ie)
- To The People of Ireland : You are been lied to ,Bambeluzeled,and Hundwinked (thepressnet.com)
- Ireland has displaced Japan as the world’s most indebted economy. Government, household and nonfinancial company debt add up to 524% of Irish GDP. (thepressnet.com)
The group wants to reverse the stopping of domiciliary care payments and is seeking a meeting with Social Protection Minister Joan Burton to discuss the issue.
The group claimed the entire application and review system for the payment was flawed and needed to be overhauled.
The allowance is paid to children with a disability who need more care and attention than children of the same age without a condition.
Last year, 403 reviews of the payment were undertaken. While 164 cases were considered eligible, 187 were not. A total of 53 reviews were pending at the year end.
One of the protesters, Eileen O’Toole, from Greystones, Co Wicklow, has four children with autism, ranging in age from 5 to 12.
Her oldest son Dillon sang the Labi Siffre hit ‘Something Inside So Strong’ at the gates of Leinster House.
“Dillon represents all the children with autism whose voices cannot be heard,” said Eileen, who added that the allowance paid to Dillon’s three brothers was up for review in July.
The Carers’ Association area manager from Carlow and Kilkenny, Pat Grogan, said the domiciliary allowance amounted to about €309 a month.
“Most of the parents I know are using the money to pay for speech and language therapy and other therapies that should be available to them through the HSE.
“I know that times are hard but you should not be hitting vulnerable people.
“I think the minister should take stock of what is happening here and take responsibility for the allowances being withdrawn without any face to face evaluation,” he said.
While the minister had extended the time for returning review forms from 21 to 60 days, anomalies still existed, he said.
Mr Grogan said some parents were being reviewed for the payment after just one year.
Another protester, Lorraine Ryan from Bagenalstown, Co Carlow, said the domiciliary care allowance for her six-year-old autistic son, Maurice, was cut in January this year.
Ms Ryan, who has also lost the carers’ allowance, said the protest was to let the Government know they were not going to go away.
Read more: http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/parents-stage-dail-protest-over-care-payment-cuts-191668.html#ixzz1t37CCLPC
- Understanding Autism (mental disorders awareness) (psychundergrad.wordpress.com)
- UVU 2012 Autism Conference Notes: Perspectives of Fathers whose Children have an Autism Spectrum Disorder (neboautism.wordpress.com)