Government must stop peddling inclusive recovery myth- Lynn Boylan MEP
Dublin Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has called on the government to be honest with the electorate and stop peddling the myth that a fair and inclusive economic recovery is in train.
Ms Boylan was commenting on the latest ESRI report which has highlighted the depth of inequality, especially for young people, currently existing in Irish households.
“The report, the latest in a long line of reports, is further proof that the government’s 2016 budget pandered to higher earners at the expense of low income households.
“What is clear from the figures from the ESRI is that this government has left people behind.
“Families are 10% worse off now than in 2008. This is no surprise considering the introduction of water charges, cuts to welfare and rising rents, and little or no corresponding pay rises.
“The starkest figure is that the group that suffered the proportionate losses were single, unemployed people without children, which stands at 20%.
“Unemployed young people were castigated by this government, due to social welfare cuts and a lack of jobs. They were singled out by Fine Gael and Labour for particularly punitive cuts despite playing no hand act or part in creating the economic crisis.
“Sinn Féin has consistently called for welfare rates for young people to be restored and for real jobs to be created in lieu of the exploitative JobBridge scheme.
“Struggling families would benefit more from the introduction of real rent certainty and an end to the bank veto over recycled government press announcements and little action.