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ESRI’s Social Charge is regressive and should be rejected

12 October, 2010 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD


Sinn Féin Social Protection Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has said the ESRI’s new Social Charge proposal is regressive and should be rejected by the Government.

Speaking this morning Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:

“This proposal from the ESRI would yet again punish the low paid and drive more people into poverty. Of course the Government should be looking at the tax net but only progressive taxes should be considered.

“The Social Charge, as proposed by the ESRI, is regressive and should be rejected by the Government. Under the proposal high earners would see a benefit while low earners would be punished. Equally concerning is the thinly veiled suggestion that contributions under the new charge should not give rise to entitlements.

“After letting the highest paid civil servants off the hook on the pension levy the introduction of this form of social charge would add insult to injury for the low paid.

“The Government needs to take its focus off the low earners in our society and concentrate on the wealthy and those who can afford to pay more.” ENDS

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