December 12, 2023
Changes in respect of welfare payments welcome, but urgent clarity needed on accommodation plans for Ukrainian refugees – Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Social Protection Donnchadh Ó Laoghaire TD has said that proposed changes to the welfare payment entitlements of Ukrainian refugees are welcome.

He has called for clarity from government on its proposals in respect of accommodation, saying that what the government seem to be proposing flies in face of assurances that Ukrainian refugees would not be accommodated in the private rental sector.

Teachta Ó Laoghaire said:

“It has been clear for some time that the number of Ukrainian refugees arriving in Ireland is placing massive pressure on the system, and we agree with the government that welfare payments should be brought down in line with the payments made to international protection applicants.

“There needs to be a more uniform approach across the EU regarding what is provided in each State so that there isn’t secondary movement from other States.

“We also need to be preparing for what happens over the next year as the temporary protection measures regarding Ukraine come to an end.

“We are very concerned that the government is now proposing that those in need of temporary accommodation will be left to rely on the private rental sector. That will not work. Government should not confuse temporary accommodation with long-term housing. They must set out clearly what their proposal is and how they think it can work.”

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