Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn

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Donegal cross border workers losing out on tax benefit

Posted on: Monday, July 29, 2019

Donegal cross border workers losing out on tax benefits- Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn

Donegal Sinn Féin Senator Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has written to the British and Irish Governments, outlining his concerns that workers from Donegal who are working cross border in the North of Ireland are losing tax benefits following changes introduced by the British Government.

Senator Mac Lochlainn said:

“Over recent weeks, I have learned that with the introduction of the Universal Credit system by the British Government, workers are now being asked to provide a post code of residence within the jurisdiction of the United Kingdom to avail of tax credits.

Of course, workers from Donegal can’t provide such information and have found themselves being denied these vital financial supports”.

“I have made representations to the Minister for Social Protection and Employment Affairs, Regina Doherty asking that the Irish Government seek an urgent resolution to this problem and my Sinn Féin colleagues Karen Mullan, MLA and Alex Maskey MLA have made similar representations to the British Government.

Workers from Donegal working in the Six Counties/ North of Ireland are denied access to supports like Family Income Supplement in the 26 Counties/ Republic Of Ireland because they are working in another tax jurisdiction. This is bad enough but to also deny them tax benefits like any other worker in that jurisdiction is just plain discrimination and it has to be resolved and stopped as soon an possible”

ENDS

Donegal Sinn Fein
donegalsinnfein@gmail.com

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