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2 News: Advisory group on tax,welfare

The Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton, told Joanna Tuffy (Lab, Dublin MW) and Patrick O’Donovan (FG, Limerick) of the progress of the advisory group on tax and welfare (Dail Eireann, Debates, 23rd January 2013, 560-2).  So far, it had met 22 times and had made a report on family and child income supports in 2012 which she would bring to the cabinet in the near future and hoped to publish.  She also intended to publish its report on the 2012 budget proposals on disability allowance and domiciliary care allowance.  The group was currently considering social insurance cover for self-employed people, working age income supports and the interaction of the tax and welfare systems.  The membership is:

Ita Mangan, chairperson

John Bohan, Department of Social Protection

Micheal Collins, Nevin Institute

John Conlon, Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

Gerry Harrahill, Office of the Revenue Commissioners

Catherine Hazlett, Department of Children and Youth Affairs

Paul Kealy, Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation

Pat Mahon, Price Waterhouse Coopers

Geralyn McGarry, Citizens Information Board

Aebhric McGibney, Dublin Chamber of Commerce

Brendan McVeigh, Department of Finance

Mary Murphy, National University of Ireland, Maynooth

Brian Nolan, University College Dublin

Marie Sherlock, SIPTU

John Sweeney, National Economic and Social Council