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Sinn Féin’s alternative budget is about alleviating hardship - Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

8 October, 2015 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Sinn Féin’s alternative budget is about alleviating hardship - Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD and Sinn Féin spokesperson for Sinn Féin has welcomed the launch of Sinn Féin’s Alternative Budget 2016 today. 

Teachta Ó Snodaigh said: 

“Sinn Féin’s Alternative Budget 2016 ‘Delivering a Fair Recovery’ is a fully costed, detailed body of work that is our platform for Government. 

“It contains some of the building blocks for delivering a fair recovery, a fairer, more equitable society and the new Republic that the men and women of 1916 fought and died for. It set sets out to undo some of the damage caused by this Government and the previous Fianna Fáil Government.

“A two-tiered Ireland exists and inequality has deepened over the course of  this Labour/ Fine Gael Government. The people will soon have to choose between the chaos these parties have presided over and the stability that a real recovery under Sinn Féin would bring.

“Sinn Féin has allocated an additional €289 million to undo some of the meanest cuts and provide targeted, additional investment in employment schemes that provide access to real jobs and accredited training.

“I have unashamedly and consistently condemned the onslaught of cuts under the stewardship of a Labour Minister,  Joan Burton.

“Sinn Féin can do a better job. We believe that a real recovery should be a fair recovery and this document is our roadmap. 

“Sinn Féin would restore the Respite Care Grant and restore the Bereavement Grant., two of the cruellest cuts which caused undue hardship.

“Family Income Supplement would be increased by 10%.

“Sinn Féin will increase Fuel Allowance by three weeks to tackle fuel poverty  and reinstate  a Telephone Allowance of €9.50 per month for  those Living Alone, to enable access to panic alarms.

“We would raise the cut-off age of the One Parent Family payment to 12 years old and increase the earnings disregard to €120, to better support lone parents.

“Sinn Féin will reverse the cuts to Jobseekers for the under 26s over two budgets, to restore equality for young people, next year increasing the payment by €40 weekly. 

“We would invest in disability services and supports, increase investment in Employability services and other supports that enable people with disabilities to access the labour market.

“I am particularly happy that our alternative budget agreed to wind down JobBridge, cancel the Gateway scheme and expand the JobsPlus, Momentum, Community Employment schemes.

“Sinn Féin’s Alternative Budget is about alleviating the hardship that ordinary people have suffered and illustrating how people can be better off. It shows that there is a better way of organising society and Sinn Féin in Government will deliver on our promise to address inequality in Ireland.”

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