53. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Social Protection when she will publish her Advisory Group on Tax and Social Welfare’s report on child income supports; if her attention has been drawn to the fact that the proposal which was reported in the media has caused fears amongst families and risks further damaging consumer sentiment; her views on the recommendation that child benefit be cut by €40; her plans with regard to the payment; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44635/12 asked on 16 Oct 2012 - Advisory Group on Tax and Social Welfare)

(Deputy Joan Burton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 53, 55 and 56 together. 
Creating jobs and tackling poverty are two of the key challenges that Ireland faces and it is essential our tax and social protection systems play their part in addressing these issues. To this end, and in line with commitments contained in the programme for Government, I established last year the advisory group on tax and social welfare, with the aim of harnessing expert opinion and experience to examine a number o...

56. Deputy Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Social Protection when she expects to publish her Advisory Group on Tax and Social Welfare’s report on her proposal to axe disability allowance for persons aged 16 and 17 years; if she will outline the scale of the financial loss to households with a young person with disabilities arising from such a cut; her plans with regard to the payment; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44636/12 asked on 16 Oct 2012 - Advisory Group on Tax and Social Welfare)

(Deputy Joan Burton): I propose to take Questions Nos. 53, 55 and 56 together. 
Creating jobs and tackling poverty are two of the key challenges that Ireland faces and it is essential our tax and social protection systems play their part in addressing these issues. To this end, and in line with commitments contained in the programme for Government, I established last year the advisory group on tax and social welfare, with the aim of harnessing expert opinion and experience to examine a number o...