£250 payment to staff is welcomed

SINN Féin councillor Cathal McLaughlin has welcomed the announcement by Education Minister John O’Dowd to make a £250 payment to all staff earning under £21,000.

Mr. McLaughlin stated: “It is important that staff are recognised and valued by their employers and in times of austerity and lack of funding finding this amount of money is appreciated by everyone.

“This payment will make a difference to many families who are struggling with finances and help boost morale of everyone who receives it.

“The Minister has shown that we need to be compassionate when it comes to peoples personal finances so he should be congratulated on announcing this payment.”