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A social democratic budget? October 11, 2018

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

That’s what Pat Leahy suggested on the IT podcast this week in the wake of the Budget following the lack of tax cuts and increases in spending. I’m deeply unconvinced, I think for it to genuinely be a (traditional) social democratic budget the above would have to be part of a programmatic approach to reshaping not just taxation and expenditure but also a lasting and deeper rooted change in areas like health, education and so on towards universalism, state and co-operative endeavour and so forth. Interesting though that he would think the mild stuff we saw this week was ‘social democratic’ and add to that the comment that there was no (I paraphrase) right wing or conservative push. It’s there all right, they just don’t/won’t recognise it for what it is.


1. Paddy Healy - October 11, 2018

The Budget is a continuation of extreme free market economic policy with cosmetic changes and much deceptive presentation. This is very clear from the article of Sean Healy, Social Justice Ireland in the Examiner to-day.

Health Budget Deceptive and Inadequate
Social Justice Ireland’s Sean Healy on Budget -Irish Examiner
Full Article https://wp.me/pKzXa-Oa
Budget 2019 fails to make any notable impact on Ireland’s entrenched inequalities and fails to tackle any of the major challenges the country currently faces, according to Social Justice Ireland’s Sean Healy
“We do not believe that the information and back-up figures on the healthcare budget are really transparent. These numbers don’t appear to us to add up.While welcome new initiatives and increased overall expenditure on health have been announced we do not believe it will be possible to maintain the existing level of service and implement the new initiatives with the budget provided.”

THIS budget pays lip service to social investment and skewed priorities and a reluctance to support much needed tax increases to fund public spending will mean inequality will remain fundamentally unchanged in Irish society.

Currently Ireland has 780,000 people in poverty, a quarter of a million of whom are children and over 100,000 of whom have jobs. Ireland also has 700,000 people on healthcare waiting lists, 110,000 households waiting for social housing and hundreds of thousands of people without adequate broadband in rural Ireland.

Budget 2019 fails to provide resources on the scale required to address any of these challenges effectively.
Tax changes could be much fairer

Even if policymakers felt they had to make some tax cuts, the ones chosen are unfair. Low-paid workers gained €26.52 a year as a result of the tax changes while those with higher incomes gained up to ten times that amount.


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