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‘Do-nothing Budget’ won’t solve health or housing crises – Mitchell

12 October, 2017 - by Denise Mitchell TD

Sinn Féin Dublin Bay North TD Denise Mitchell has described Budget 2018 as a “do-nothing Budget” which “completely fails to address the crises in housing and health”.

Speaking on Thursday, Deputy Mitchell said:

“This Budget makes it very clear that the Government is not on the side of ordinary people. The targets for social and affordable housing are 40% lower than what the Dáil Committee on Housing and Homelessness has recommended. How on earth does this Government expect to tackle the growing housing and homelessness crisis if they choose not to even increase the social housing targets? 

“The Government has been out spinning the line that this is the biggest investment ever when it comes to Health. If we look at the actual figures – when the money to cover demographic changes and public pay increases are excluded – this Budget won’t even allow the sector to keep up with rising healthcare demands, let alone expand services or increase capacity.

“Ordinary people would have preferred to have seen more investment in housing, health, childcare and other areas rather than meagre tax cuts which, for most, are only the equivalent of a cup of coffee and a biscuit each week. 

“For all the spin coming from Fine Gael – and their supporters in Fianna Fáil – we can see this Budget is one which does nothing for ordinary people.”

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