NORTH Tipperary Independent TD Michael Lowry has expressed serious concern over the growing incidence of poverty across the county and country and has called for the Government to urgently take action to assist those in need and to protect those who are currently under severe financial strain.
He pointed to recent surveys and studies undertaken in the past number of weeks that show just how much individuals are affected and continue to be impacted by the economic downturn.
“Recent studies prove the discoveries that I have been making over the last year in County Tipperary. Whilst travelling around the constituency and meeting individuals in my constituency office I have been overwhelmed by the hardship and difficulties facing families and individuals on a regular basis. Families are struggling to simply maintain basic needs, such as paying their mortgage, covering utility bills and paying for food. The reality is that once these are deducted from a pay check or a social welfare payment, there is little, if anything left.
“In many cases families are sacrificing everything that is not absolutely essential to survival, in order to maintain a roof over their heads. There is nothing left to save at the end of the week and no provision for a rainy day,” he said.
He highlighted that in the past two week two studies had been published that proved that firstly, many individuals were no longer able to save anything after basic needs had been met, while the second study by Social Justice Ireland indicated that the gap wa widening between those at the top and poorer individuals.
It is now believed that up to 1.8 million people have less that E100 per month left after bills are paid, whilst 4 out of 10 people cannot afford to save anything. Disposable income is falling month on month which has a knock on effect on the economy.
Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star.