Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Questions (346)

Aengus Ó Snodaigh


346. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Social Protection when she received the Mangan Report on child benefit. [9960/13]

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Written answers (Question to Social)

I received the report of the Advisory Group on Tax and Social Welfare on family and child income supports on 28 March 2012. Since receiving the report I have been considering the Group’s findings and have held discussions with my Ministerial colleagues on the issues raised in the report.

The Advisory Group’s report was subsequently published on 20 February and will now contribute to the policy debate on proposals to reform the structure of child and family income support payments, including the balance between income supports and services, such as childcare. Further consideration of the issues involved is required, taking into account developments in terms of further work by the Advisory Group on social protection and taxation supports for working age persons as well as more general developments in the budgetary and fiscal situation. To this end and to ensure that the Advisory Group’s report is considered within the broader public debate on this issue, the report will be considered by the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Social Protection.