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Social Justice Ireland has more than 25 years experience in producing comprehensive, budget proposals and budget analysis.  All of this material and other budget resources are available in this section.

A proposal by the Minister for Finance, Brian Lenihan TD, to introduce a "new universal social contrtibution to be paid at a low rate on a wide base" provides major challenges to policy designers to ensure it is not a change that will benefit the better off while penalising those on low pay or on social welfare. The Minister has stated that the new social contribution will replace employee PRSI, the Health Levy and the Income Levy.

The Poor Can't Pay Campaign has published an analysis of Budget 2010 entitled 'How the Poor Were Made to Pay' which shows that the cuts introduced by Government will impact hardest on the poorest in society and will push thousands of families into poverty in the coming months. The campaign, which is a coalition of charities, community organisations and trade unions, has called on the Taoisesach to give an immediate assurance that there will be no more cuts in social welfare payments and no cut in the minimum wage.

To accompany the Budget the Government normally publishes a detailed set of documents and tables explaining the Budget measures. Budget 2010 marked a significant departure from this tradition.
The published Budget book (i.e. the paper version) is the shortest in many years and does not contain much of the normal detail.

The unfair and breathtakingly unjust decisions made in Budget 2010 will damage Ireland’s economic development and social development.

Government published its Pre-Budget Outlook on November 12, 2009.  According to the Minister for Finance, Brian Linehan TD, "The Government’s planned €4 billion adjustment to the public finances in the forthcoming Budget is forecast to result in the General Government Balance stabilising at -12 per cent of GDP next year."

Social Justice Ireland Produced both  Budget Choices Document 2010 and a Budget Analysis and Crtique Document 2010. 

Budget Choices Document 2010 can be downloaded here

Budget Analysis and Crtique Document 2010 can be downloaded here

Producing a fair budget and working for a fairer future requires that Ireland stop benchmarking itself with Romania, Slovakia, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.

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