Alternatives to targetting sick and poor: Ó Snodaigh
In advance of next week’s budget Sinn Féin spokesperson on social protection, Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD, reminded the sparing government parties that there are many options to consider. He called on them to take a step back from their narrow debate and consider the options proposed by Sinn Féin.
Aengus Ó Snodaigh said:
“The internal government spat about where the axe will fall on public spending in the budget distracts from the many other options. The government parties would like people to believe that their hands are tied, but in reality there are many ways in which deficit reduction can be pursued without heaping further pain on families and strain on the economy.
“While the government parties argue over which vulnerable group to target - the sick or the poor, Sinn Féin has demonstrated that it is not necessary to cut social welfare or health spending. What is needed is the political will to target wealth.
“I am urging all Labour Party and Fine Gael ministers and TDs to open their minds today and think outside the chopping block box.
“My party's fully-costed alternative budget uncovers the choices this government could make to lower the tax burden on ordinary families, protect public spending and invest in jobs.
“We have identified a series of taxation and savings measures to reduce the deficit and pay for new spending.”