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Self-employed workers, including farmers, who cannot work due to long term illness or disability will be able to claim Invalidity Pension from 1 December 2017.

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IFA Rural Development Chairman Joe Brady has welcomed the announcement by Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar, that the Farm Assist income and child disregards reintroduced in last October’s Budget, will automatically apply to all recipients of the scheme from the 8th March next.

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IFA Rural Development Chairman Joe Brady has described proposed changes to the terms and conditions of the Rural Social Scheme (RSS) for the 500 additional places announced in Budget 2017 as unacceptable.

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Cuts to the number of farmers qualifying for Farm Assist and changes to the assessment criteria must be reversed in Budget 2017, IFA President Joe Healy has insisted.

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At a meeting with Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar yesterday, IFA President Joe Healy urged the Minister that the reintroduction of the income and child disregards must be part of the review of Farm Assist, which has been promised in the new Programme for Government.

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