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Budget Choices

Budget 2011 should eliminate tax breaks that mostly benefit the better off, should ensure the corporate sector makes a contribution towards rectifying Ireland’s current crisis, should take action to reduce the live-register by 100,000 in 2011, should tackle the working poor problem and increase social welfare rates for Ireland’s most vulnerable people.

The 2010 Revised Estimates Volume (REV) provides additional details and 
information in relation to the allocations contained in the 2010 Budget Estimates 
which were set out in the Budget on 9 December 2009. As a general principle, and in 
keeping with the largely technical nature of the REV, the majority of Vote totals, 
Current-Capital provisions, and Subhead allocations remain unchanged, except for the 
following: 
 

The following statement was issued on November 12th, 2009 by the Minister for Finance, Mr. Brian Lenihan, TD as the Government’s Pre-Budget Outlook was launched.
The Department of Finance today published its Pre-Budget Outlook in which the Irish economy is projected to contract by 1½ per cent next year following a decline of 7½ per cent this year. The 2010 forecast is an improvement from the April forecast of just under a 3 per cent contraction.

Ireland is currently facing a series of inter-related crises i.e.: banking (property bubble collapse and little lending to small and medium-sized businesses); fiscal; economic (competitiveness and job losses); social (income loss, services being cut back as demand rises); reputational. 
 
 
 

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

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."

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