Fixed allowance increases sought

IMPACT is seeking the restoration of fixed allowances that were cut – along with allowances linked to pay scales – across the public service in 2010. Although allowances linked to pay scales were restored in line with pay awards under the 2015 Landsdowne Road Agreement, many fixed allowances have not been increased.

The union has requested clarification about when these allowances will be increased, in line with general pay restoration, from the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (DPER). IMPACT national secretary Andy Pike said: “Allowances form an important part of pay especially for low paid workers. Fixed allowances were reduced by 10% at the height of the economic collapse in 2010. We need to know when they will be restored to their full value in line with the restoration of pay scales.”