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Equality Budgeting rejected again by Government – Doherty

27 November, 2013 - by Pearse Doherty TD

Sinn Fein Finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty TD has criticised the government’s rejection of his amendment to the Finance Bill that would have equality proofed future budgets.

Speaking today Deputy Doherty said:

“Labour and Fine Gael talk about fair budgets but each of their budgets has failed the fairness test. Today in the Finance committee they once more rejected Equality Budgeting.

“I am disappointed but not surprised by the rejection of my Equality Budgeting amendment. This government has failed consistently to undertake independent impact assessments on their austerity budgets either in terms of the impact on people’s incomes or an impact assessment on groups of people already disadvantaged in society.

“Given the fact that they make no evidence based attempt to understand impact of their policies on real people it is hardly surprising that independent assessments reveal that this government’s budgets are amongst the un-fairest this state has ever seen.

“This year the elderly, the young and single parents were hit with cuts. These cuts should have been assessed on the basis of equality. The Committee rejected the amendment by seven votes to three. Those seven government TDs should explain why their fear Equality Budgeting.”

Text of Pearse Doherty’s amendment:

The Minister shall within 3 months of the passing of this Act prepare and lay before Dáil Éireann an analysis of the tax increases in this Act, and the total of tax increases and spending cuts of Budget 2013, setting out the continuing impact on people based on their gender, income, age, marital and disability status.

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