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The 2012 Budget should increase tax (but not income tax)
Social Justice Ireland is proposing that Government should increase the total tax-take (but not income tax) by €2 for every €1 cut from public services in Budget 2012.
In a Policy Briefing oulining ‘Budget Choices’ Social Justice Ireland presented a fully-costed Budget which shows how Government could reduce borrowing by €3.6bn in the coming year without damaging poor and vulnerable people further.
- Introduce a programme to create 100,000 part-time jobs for long-term unemployed people.
- Impose a levy of 2.5% on corporate PROFITS.
- Develop a new €1bn capital investment programme to benefit the vulnerable and the economy.
- Address the working poor issue by ensuring everyone with a job can get the full value of the tax credits to which they are entitled.
- Introduce an income-contingent loan facility which would enable all third-level students borrow money to pay fees and cover their living costs;
- Increase funding for primary level education and adult literacy programmes;
- Provide substantial support for developing an integrated healthcare model through supporting primary care teams, older people, mental health initiatives and children and family programmes;
- Move towards meeting the UN target for Ireland’s Third World Aid Budget.
- Introduce some tax reform;
- Ensure progressive redistribution;
- Produce a fairer sharing of the burden;
- Protect the vulnerable
- Address the working poor issue;
- Produce real part-time jobs for 100,000 unemployed people;
- Make progress towards a better healthcare system;
- Produce greater equity in the education system;
- Move towards attaining the UN target for supporting the world’s poorest people;
- Ensure the corporate sector would also make some small contribution towards rectifying Ireland’s current situation.