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Government claims that Budget 2013 was “as fair as it could be” are untrue.

For the second year in a row this Government introduced a Budget that was deeply regressive, both socially and economically. It did nothing to foster economic recovery or to provide a vision and direction for the country.

  • The current approach to resolving Ireland’s series of crises is not working.
  • This situation has been exacerbated by the Government’s protection of the rich at the expense of the rest of us.
  • Budget 2013 should provide a major investment programme and protect public services.

Social Justice Ireland welcomes the Troika's call on Government to minimise the burden of adjustment on the most vulnerable in Budget 2013.  In a statement at the conclusion of the eighth quarterly review of Ireland's Bailout, the Troika state: "The measures adopted in Budget 2013 should be durable, as growth-friendly as possible, and minimise the burden of adjustment on the most vulnerable."

At a briefing to Oireachtas Members the Community and Voluntary Pillar (CVP) called on the Government to make decisions that are fair and just, that protect the vulnerable and ensure that the cost of Ireland’s restructuring is fairly spread.  Social Justice Ireland is a member of the Community and Voluntary Pillar.

Child Benefit should not be reduced. There are other choices Government could make that would be fairer and more equitable. Government should stop protecting the rich at the expense of the rest of us e.g. protecting gambling banks and bondholders at the expense of the Irish tax-payer. 

Budget 2012 was developed with a microscope when a telescope was required. While it paid great attention to a wide range of issues it has insufficient focus on the longer term or the wider issues that urgently require attention. These range from declining domestic demand to persistent long-term unemployment, from public debt sustainability to growing poverty and inequality.  

Unjust, regressive Budget deepens divide in Irish society

Budget 2013 is unjust and regressive.  For the second year in a row this Government has introduced a Budget that is deeply regressive, both socially and economically. It does nothing to foster economic recovery or to provide a vision and direction for the country.

Socially regressive

The full document containing details of Ireland's Budget for 2012 which were leaked by the Gernamn Parliament may now be read here.  These documents were provided by the Irish Government to the EU Commission on a confidential basis. Of particular interest is the Memorandum of Economic and Financial Policies contained in this document.

Social Justice Ireland believes a fairer future is possible and deliverable. It is crucial however that Government’s decisions and the terms of the bailout agreement with the IMF/ECB/EC should be focused on delivering such an outcome. These were key fundamentals for Budget 2012 presented to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform by Social Justice Ireland on November 2, 2011.

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