Next year will bring a boost for the lowest paid people with an increase in the minimum wage, a Fine Gael TD has said.
Bernard Durkan, Fine Gael Kildare North TD, has highlighted that the Government’s decision to increase the minimum wage in Budget 2018 comes into force next Monday (January 1). Minimum wage will be set at €9.55 per hour in 2018.
“The increase in the minimum wage will mean a boost for our lowest paid people in society in 2018.
“This is the fourth time that the Fine Gael led Government has introduced an increase to the minimum wage since it was cut in 2010.
“In addition to removing some of the lowest paid people out of the USC net, this fourth increase in the minimum wage is an important part of Fine Gael’s efforts to ensure that the economic recovery is fair and benefits everyone in society. We want to create the circumstances where everyone has the opportunity to succeed in their future.
“We are deeply conscious of the huge sacrifices and burdens incurred by the Irish people during the recession and every effort must now be made to address the effects of the recession on our people,” Deputy Durkan said.
“Another major part of Fine Gael’s vision is to ensure there are extra supports for those who need them.
“Over the last two budgets we have increased the Home Carer’s Credit by €200 to €1,200. This credit is of assistance to over 80,000 families where one spouse works primarily in the home to care for children or other dependents.
“Next March, we will see the State Pension increase by €5 per week again, making a total increase of €13 per week over the last three budgets. The extension of the Fuel Allowance to 27 weeks, into the first week of April 2018, will benefit 375,000 households, is a particular help to older people.
“Fine Gael wants to give everyone a fair chance and ensure they have the opportunity to reach their full potential. 2018 marks a major step forward in that regard, and we will continue to ensure we protect the most vulnerable people in our society,” Deputy Durkan said.