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Calls For Single Parent Payment To Be Increased Due To Covid-19

2,173 lone parents in the midlands received the payment last year.

A children's charity's calling for single parents to get an increase in their social welfare payments because of the pandemic. 

Nearly 40,000 people got the One-Parent Family Payment last year, at a total cost of 533 million euro. 

That includes 807 people in Westmeath, 716 in Laois, and 650 recipients in Offaly.

The scheme is capped at 203 euro a week for a parent, but Barnardos says it should be increased because of the Covid-19 crisis. 

Chief executive Suzanne Connolly says other supports are also needed for lone parents at this time:

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