Poor Can't Pay Campaign Budget Analysis shows poor hardest hit- 2010 Budget

Posted on Wednesday, 13 January 2010

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.

This analysis, which comes to similar conclusions as Social Justice Ireland came to in its analysis of Budget 2010 found that the cuts will have the worst impact on children, lone parents, unemloyed people, those entering the labour market for the first time and people with disabilities.

The Government claimed that Budget 2010 was balanced and fair. These analyses prove that claim is not true.

Members of The Poor Can't Pay Campaign include: Age Action, Barnardos, Social Justice Ireland, EAPN Ireland, Focus Ireland, Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed, Mandate, the National Women's Council of Ireland, SIPTU, Unite, Respond! and the Saint Vincent de Paul Society. More information about the campaign can be accessed here.