The spokesperson for CORI’s Justice Commission Fr. Sean Healy, blamed bad budgets and spending decisions for the growing divide.
“Social welfare rates have not kept pace with the improving standard of living in Ireland,” Healy said. “This is a major scandal and a sad indictment of government priorities over recent years.”
Single people on euro 50,000 a year have gained euro 243 a week more in disposable income than the long-term unemployed, according to a CORI survey.
“When a country has the required resources, it stands indicted if it chooses to allocate its resources in a way that does not ensure that every person has the minimum resources required,” Healy said.