Budget shown to favour higher earners – Ó Snodaigh
Sinn Féin TD and social protection spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh has expressed his concern at the latest social impact assessment carried out by the Department of Social Protection which finds that the lowest earners gained the smallest benefit from Budget 2015, stating that once again the highest earners came first in this government’s priorities.
Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:
“The latest social impact assessment confirms what Sinn Féin feared after the announcement of Budget 2015, that there was an abject absence of fairness from this government when it comes to their so-called recovery. Most damning in this briefing is the confirmation that non-earning households may in fact feel a loss on the previous year.”
“All that will come from this government’s Budget is a deepening of the level of deprivation and a widening of the poverty gap in this country; how can we call that a recovery?”
“The report states that ‘The distributive impact is uneven with higher than average gains for better off quintiles’ and that sums up this government perfectly. A minuscule increase in child allowance does not pardon the hardship imposed by Local Property Tax, water charges and the extensive cuts to social welfare payments.”
“The Government spin about this budget protecting the vulnerable and low income earners has been badly exposed. The poor and those struggling to make ends meet are forced to endure prolonged suffering as long as this government remains in power.”