If we want decent standards of health, education and childcare, then government needs resources. A fair recovery requires a tax system that raises sufficient revenue for government but does so in a manner that is fair and progressive.
Our tax system is deeply unfair. Since 2008 Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Labour have made it even worse by introducing the Universal Social Charge, the Property Tax and Water Charges.
Sinn Féin wants a fair tax system, one in which all people and businesses pay their fair share. We want to scrap the Family Home Tax and Water Charges. We want to remove those on the minimum wage from the USC net. We also want to increase the overall tax take in a fair and progressive manner.
We also need expenditure rules that are socially, economically and fiscally responsible. The current EU rules on government spending are known as the expenditure benchmark and the debt and deficit targets are designed to reduce the deficit but carry a significant economic, social and human cost.
Sinn Féin Would:
Sinn Féin has committed to abolish domestic water charges in Government, and we would not pursue arrears for these same charges. Sinn Féin has published two pieces of legislation to both abolish water charges and enshrine in the Constitution the right of the people to the retention of water services and infrastructure in public ownership.
The coming election will be about who can deliver a fair recovery for all our citizens. At present we have parties that imposed austerity, punished those most in need and are now claiming a one sided and unfair recovery. Sinn Féin offers a republican vision of Ireland, deliverable policies for a fair recovery and a new form of politics. An Irish language version of this document is also available here.
Almost 70% of people employed in Ireland are employed in Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). The greatest potential for jobs growth is within the SME sector. In this 2014 document, Sinn Féin outlined 10 steps to effectively assist SMEs to develop and create jobs now.
View and share the document in PDF Booklet format here.
The Tory government’s austerity agenda is the single greatest threat to the people and political institutions of the North. In this 2015 Westminster Election Manifesto we set out our economic and social priorities.