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Amend Finance Bill to protect those made redundant from backdated income levy - Morgan

16 April, 2009

Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Arthur Morgan has called on the Government to amend the Finance Bill to ensure that people who have been made redundant this year will not be hit with a hefty bill as a result of the decision to backdate the increase in the income levy to the start of the year.

Speaking today Deputy Morgan said, “I don’t think this was the intended purpose of increase in the income levy and the Government should move to ensure that those people who have been made redundant earlier in the year are not unfairly penalised.

“The fact is that the Government has done nothing in either of its two recent budgets to help the newly unemployed neither in the field of social welfare payments or in the creation of an effective job creation strategy.

“Many of the thousands who have recently found themselves unemployed are dependent on their redundancy money to see them through the tough times which could last a long time if the Government continues in the manner which it has indicated with its most recent budget.

“A simple amendment to the Finance Bill could ensure that those that have taken redundancy earlier this year are not punished by the decision to backdate the income levy increase and I would urge the Government to move in this regard.” ENDS

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