Refusal To Bring Welfare Payments In line With Inflation Would Lead To Higher Rates Of Poverty And A Rise In Inequality

That's according to new research from the ESRI

It found the cost would be between 460 million and 1.2 billion euro in Budget 2020, with some of that partly off-set by carbon tax and taxes on goods such as tobacco and alcohol.

The research comes following suggestions by the Government in April that it's looking at bringing welfare payments in line with inflation - despite objections from Fianna Fáil.

Senior Research Officer at the ESRI, Claire Keane, outlines what it would mean if it was introduced:

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