Social welfare and pensions safe in budget, Burton claims
on 27/09/2013 13:46:14
Joan Burton has yet to have a formal meeting with the Public Expenditure Minister to discuss cuts, which could be as much as €440m for her department.
She insisted, however, that she has a tight control on spending and hopes to be able to leave certain welfare rates alone.
"I would be confident that we'll be able to maintain our commitment … to protect core weekly social welfare rates, particularly, obviously for people who are retired and are on the retirement pension," she said.