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Policy issues concerning Government

The latest Central Bank Quarterly Bulletin has produced growth predictions that are substantially lower than those contained in the Government’s Budget. This brings the Government’s other predictions into serious question. Readers will recall that Social Justice Ireland predicted this would be the case when the Budget was published.

Social Justice Ireland’s analysis of the Government’s National Plan for Recovery 2011-2014 shows that social welfare rates are set to fall by between €40 and €62 a week for a single person by 2014 if the €3bn in welfare cuts are to be implemented.   The government’s suggestions on how savings in the welfare budget are to be achieved are simply not credible. The Plan contains nothing of substance to increase the number of jobs.

Distribution of the 'hit' in Ireland's bailout confirms the EU, the IMF and the Irish Government favour the rich and powerful over the poor and the ordinary taxpayer

Social Justice Ireland has issued the following initial statement on the Programme Documents that set out the terms of the EU/IMF Bailout for Ireland. 

Unjust Government Plan is bad for the economy, bad for society, bad for social cohesion; it is good for rich and powerful e.g. bond-holders and corporate sector

Social Justice Ireland has issued the following initial statement on the Government’s National Plan for Recovery 2011-2014. 

Social Justice Ireland asks Government to clarify how €3bn welfare decreases are to be achieved by 2014

This Plan provides a blueprint for a return to sustainable growth in our economy. It sets out in detail 
the measures that will be taken to put our public finances in order. It identifies the areas of economic 
activity which will provide growth and employment in the next phase of our economic development. It 
specifies the reforms the Government will implement to accelerate growth in those key sectors. 
Reducing the budget deficit will not, by itself, solve our economic difficulties.

Government publishes Infrastructure Investment Priorities 2010-2016

Government published its Infrastructure Investment Priorities 2010-2016 on July 26, 2010. The 131-page document outlines the financial framework for capital investment in the period 2010-2016. Given economic developments in recent years the expected substantial reduction on the expenditure promised in the National Development Plan 2007-2013 is outlined.

There is no justification for reducing social welfare rates. Research produced by Social Justice Ireland shows that the take-home pay of TDs rose by €848 a WEEK since 1986 while unemployment benefit rates only rose by €135 in the same period. Government ministers’take-home pay rose by more than €1,533 a WEEK in the same period.

In a presentation to the Oireachtas Committee today, March 25, 2010, Social Justice Ireland has called on the Taoiseach and the Irish Government to ensure that the European Council adopts a target of reducing poverty by 25% in the EU by 2020 and adopts social cohesion and social inclusion as explicit objectives of the European Strategy for 2020. The Council is set to meet today and tomorrow, March 25 and 26, 2010.