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Budget Choices

Social Justice Ireland Policy Briefing on Budget Choices 2014 sets out a fully-costed set of proposals.

BUDGET 2014 should end cuts, meet borrowing target and introduce a minimum corporate tax rate, while protecting the working poor.’

It argues that:

  • 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.

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. 

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.

The Community & Voluntary Pillar has said that the fiscal adjustment in 2012 and beyond should be achieved in a 2:1 ratio between tax increases and expenditure cuts. The Pillar made its comments at a briefing for media and members of the Oireachtas on their latest document, Choosing a Viable Future in Precarious Times.

Document can be downloaded form here

Social Justice Ireland published (October 4, 2011) a fully-costed set of Budget Proposals as part of its Policy Briefing on Budget Choices.  These proposals show how Government could r

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.

Social Justice Ireland's Analysis and Critique of Budget 2012

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Social Justice Ireland's Policy Briefing on Budget Choices 2012

Analysis and Critique Document can be downloaded here

Budget Choices document can be downloaded here

The full text of the Finance Bill 2011 and related documents can be accessed below.

The Document can be accesed here

The organisations include Social Justice Ireland, Community and Voluntary Pillar of Social Partnership, the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, IBEC, the Environmental Pillar of Social Partnership, the Carers' Association, Disbility Federation of Ireland, National Women's Council of Ireland, the Irish National Organisation  of the Unemployed, Sinn Fein, the Construction Industry Federation, the Irish Taxation Institute, ISME, TASC, the Alzheimer's Association of Ireland, Focus Ireland, Pavee Poin

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