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Budget Choices

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."

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.
Framing a Response 
 

Producing a fair budget and working for a fairer future requires that Ireland stop benchmarking itself with Romania, Slovakia, Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.

The 2010 Budget represents a futher step in the process of getting Irish 
fiscal policy back onto a sustainable path. This process started with the 
2009 Budget published in October 2008, and continued, inter alia, with the 
The 2010 Budget represents a futher step in the process of getting Irish 
fiscal policy back onto a sustainable path. This process started with the 
2009 Budget published in October 2008, and continued, inter alia, with the 
Supplementary Budget in April this year.
 
Over recent months, the global economy has begun to show some signs of recovery and there is growing 
evidence that the worst may be over in terms of the domestic downturn. 
 
Budget 2010 as Ireland's total tax-take plummets towards a record low.  As Ireland faces a range of interrelated crises and Government prepares its Budget for 2010 it is important to realise that:
 
·        Ireland is not a poor country;
·        Ireland’s total tax-take is one of the lowest in the developed world and continues to fall as a percentage of GDP;
·        15.8% of people are at risk of poverty with incomes below €12,000 for a single person or €28,000 for a family of four;

Government published the Finance Bill on November 20th, 2008.  They also published an explanatory memo and list of the items contained in the bill.

Documents can be accessed below

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