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Congress pre-budget submission ‘a valuable contribution towards building an equitable society’ – Gavan

7 September, 2017 - by Paul Gavan

Sinn Féin Senator Paul Gavan has given a broad welcome to the Irish Congress of Trade Unions pre- budget submission released this week.

The document entitled ‘Investing for the many, not just the few’ contains a range of radical proposals to tackle the current crises in Health and Housing, as well as building a more equitable society.

Commenting on the proposals, the Sinn Féin spokesperson for Workers’ Rights spokesperson in the Seanad said:

“This is a very welcome document as it demonstrates that there is a real economic alternative to the current conservative agenda being pursued by the Fine Gael-Fianna Fáil alliance.

“Congress proposals on additional tax raising measures to fund badly needed improvements to public services are a very useful contribution to the debate on how we build a better society. I particularly welcome the proposal for a Wealth Tax which is in line with our own long standing party policy. We need to see other parties on the Left endorse this particular proposal.

“There are also progressive proposals to deal with the housing crisis including the use of Compulsory Purchase Orders and a Vacant Site Levy, and proposals to improve the social wage to support families affected by sickness and unemployment.

“At the heart of the Congress document is the key point that we cannot have European-standard public services without the revenue base to support them. There needs to be an honest debate about how we are going to fund key services for a growing and ageing population.

“Pearse Doherty TD will be unveiling our own party proposals in the coming weeks but this Congress document is a valuable contribution that everyone Interested in building a fairer society should read.” 

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