Local Ardee councillor Jim Tenanty wants to see next year’s Budget include the return of the bereavement grant, aimed at helping people delaing with arrangements following the death of a loved one.
The Independent councillor has been pushing Independent ministers to have the bereavement grant reinstated, with Finance Minister Paschal O’Donohue set to unveil his 2018 Budget plans in two weeks time.
Tenanty told ThisIsArdee.ie this week that he and Drogheda-based Kevin Callan had raised directly with Shane Ross and Tenanty says Independent Alliance Ministers are now seeking the restoration of the grant.
The duo say a group of ministers , which includes Minister for Transport Shane Ross and Minister of State for Health Finian McGrath, are due to Donohoe this week to discuss next month’s budget. The Independent Alliance group met last week and agreed a number of other measures it wants to secure in Budget 2018.
Tenanty, himself an undertaker, is keen to see the full restoration of the bereavement grant. It consists of a once-off payment of €850 given to families to assist with funeral costs. It was abolished in 2014 by former minister for social protection Joan Burton. Eligibility for this grant was not related to your ability to pay for the funeral. Eligibility was usually based on PRSI contributions.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has already, during his leadership campaign, indicated he wants to restore the payment but it is not clear whether it could be done in this year’s budget. Funeral directors nationwide have already called for it’s reinstatement. More information on the Bereavement Grant can be found by clicking here.