Drop in Live Register numbers eased Social Protection pain
on 15/10/2013 22:08:55
€226m in savings will be required from Social Protection next year - almost half what was expected.
Burton acknowledged that the cuts will cause hurt, but she says it could have been much worse.
"I'm keenly aware that reductions of €226m will still impact on, and cause difficulties, for people who rely on social welfare for their income," she said.
"However, the lower adjustment means that I've protected the state pension, carer's allowance, disability allowance, and all other core weekly payments upon which people depend."