Sinn Féin Bandon Cllr Rachel McCarthy has said that it is clear that the government intends to introduce another crippling budget that will again hit the most vulnerable. [Read more...]
THE Budget announced by Minister for Finance Michael Noonan on December 7th provided for additional taxation receipts from the targeting of pensioners by the Revenue, even though the initiative only emerged this week following demand letters being received by pensioners, according to Fianna Fáil Finance Spokesperson Michael McGrath.
Deputy McGrath said, “Fine Gael and Labour promised the Irish people that they would be upfront and honest with them at all times.
Cllr O’Leary who is also chair of the council’s finance committee said, “Indications are that this year’s budget will involve a cut of up to €12 million in expenditure.
“While the council can do nothing about cuts in the funding it receives from central government, every effort must be made to protect core services.
FIANNA Fáil Finance Spokesperson Michael McGrath TD has called for clarity on the Government’s budget policy following the contradictory statements from two of the most senior Ministers over the last 24 hours.
Deputy McGrath said, “It is deeply worrying to watch the growing contradictions and conflict within the Cabinet as it faces into its first genuine test.
SOCIALIST Party councillor Mick Barry has warned that tens of thousands of low-income households renting in the private sector could be pushed below the poverty line if the Government take the axe to the rent supplement scheme in December’s Budget.
His warning came as the Irish Times reports that the government are considering a €1 billion cut in social welfare expenditure with cuts in the rent supplement scheme featuring as a major component.
Cllr Barry said, “Massive cuts to the rent supplement scheme would be portrayed by Government as taking the axe to a subsidy for landlords but the reality for tens of thousands of low income households is that they would end up paying more rent rather than the landlord ending up receiving less.
Deputy McCarthy said, “On The Week in Politics, Sinn Féin finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty conceded that the party accepted that an adjustment figure of €3.6b was required for Budget 2012.
WORKERS’ Party councillor Ted Tynan has challenged Fianna Fáil TD Noel O’Flynn to vote against tomorrow’s budget as it contains what Cllr Tynan described as “hidden pension cuts” for the elderly.
Cllr Tynan said that while Deputy O’Flynn had recently threatened to vote against the budget if it contained pension cuts, the measures already signalled in the four year national plan will “significantly reduce pensioners’ income in real terms”.
THE Government must ensure that all earners contribute fairly to the tax system, Green Party Chairman Dan Boyle said today. Tax avoidance remains too prevalent, he said, and is placing intolerable pressure on the public finances.
Speaking today at a Social Justice Ireland conference on the future of the welfare state, the Green Party’s finance and social protection spokesman Dan Boyle spoke on a number of areas that are important to be addressed in the context of Budget 2011.