Budget 2014 must provide a break for ordinary people
Sinn Féin Finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty has said the upcoming budget must give people a break from austerity.
Deputy Doherty was commenting today as the Department of Finance sent the parameters of Budget 2014 to other government departments today beginning the budget process.
“Since July 2008 €28billion has been taken from the economy in budgets or adjustments yet unemployment and emigration are still out of control. Clearly austerity is not working.
“People need a break. The cuts and taxes introduced by this government are pushing families over the edge. Many have to choose between putting food on the table and heating the family home.
“There is space in the budget arithmetic to give people a break. The government should take it.
“There are now four months to listen to constituents and groups on the ground and their concerns must be taken seriously.
“Sinn Féin will once again present a costed set of budget proposals setting out a fairer way to economic recovery and job creation which protects those already struggling and asks those who have more to pay more.”