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Government must abolish grossly unfair Universal Social Charge – Doherty

29 March, 2011 - by Pearse Doherty TD


Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Finance Pearse Doherty has tonight moved the Sinn Féin Private Members motion which seeks the abolition of the Universal Social Charge.

Speaking from the Dáil Deputy Doherty said that the Universal Social Charge (USC) is little more than a tax on the working poor and should be abolished.

Deputy Doherty said:

“I am moving this motion tonight and in so doing am calling on all those who claim to oppose this unfair tax to support our motion.

“The abolition of the Universal Social Charge is an issue which demands the full support of each elected representative in the Dáil. It is little more than a tax on the working poor.

“This tax needs to be abolished and instead the Government should work on building a fairer tax system by creating a progressive tax base that taxes fairly and equalises wealth.

“Fine Gael and Labour have said that they will ‘review’ the Universal Social Charge. They have also proposed at least 32 other reviews in the Programme for Government.

“A review is not good enough. Fine Gael and Labour should make a stand for the people and abolish this grossly unfair tax.”

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