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ESRI Special Article: Distributional Impact of Tax, Welfare and Public Service Pay Policies; Budget 2015 and Budgets 2009-2015.  This article examines the impact of Budgetary policy decisions on different income declies.

Social Justice Ireland's analysis and critique of Budget 2015 is available to read below.

Reducing taxes is not Social Justice Ireland's priority for Budget 2015. Any available money should be used to improve Ireland's social services and infrastructure, reduce poverty and social exclusion and increase the number of jobs.

Social Justice Ireland policy briefing Budget Choices 2015 outlines a fully costed alternative budget and presents a series of proposals for Budget 2015 that would see Ireland’s borrowing reduced to below 3% of GDP, make the tax system fairer, protect public services, protect vulnerable people and invest in Ireland's social infrastructure.

The latest edition of 'Taxation Trends in the EU' (published June 16, 2014) shows that once again Ireland’s total tax-take is one of the lowest in the Union. It now stands at 28.7% of GDP compared to an EU average of 39.4%.  It is clear that if Ireland is to aspire to services and infrastructure at an EU-average level then it must move its total tax-take towards that EU average. 

This paper examines the distributional impact of changing income tax looking specifically at three options.

The full Document can be downloaded below

A Framework for Budget 2017 outlines some key initiatives that Social Justice Ireland is proposing for implemention in Budget 2017 and is part of our ongoing contribution to the Budgetary process.

'Presepctives on the Fiscal Challegnes Facing Ireland' - paper presented by Robert Watt at Social Justice Ireland's social policy conference 2013 'A Future Worth Living For'.

Budget 2014 provides no guiding vision, no real sense of direction for Ireland’s future, and no sustainable solutions to the major challenges Ireland faces.