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In the latest edition of its publication ‘Quarterly Economic Observer’, NERI (the Nevin Economic Research Institute) focuses on the specific details of an alternative budgetary strategy in the Republic of Ireland for the year 2013. The crisis in unemployment continues as the level of real domestic demand stays constant or is in decline. There is evidence of rising income inequality and consistent poverty. Loss of income, jobs and continuing erosion of purchasing power is depressing demand.
A succession of austerity budgets is dragging down domestic demand and delaying recovery while exports are not sufficient to generate significant take-off in the immediate foreseeable future. One person's spending is another person's income, business or job and every job creates its own demand for goods and services with a revenue yield for public services.
The priorities for Budget 2013 identified by NERI are:
Specifically, the case is made in this Observer for:
- Early childhood education and care;
- Mental health services for young people; and
- A youth guarantee to extend training and work opportunities for school leavers.