Fine Gael and Labour Budget is Anti-Child, Anti-Family and Anti-Jobs

Posted: December 5, 2012 in Austerity, Budget 2013, Dublin Mid West

Speaking in response to Budget 2013 Sinn Féin Dublin Mid-West representative Eoin Ó Broin said that “this budget is anti-child, anti-family and anti-jobs”. Ó Broin also accused the Labour party of “hypocrisy” for breaking their pre-election promises on child benefit and property tax.

Ó Broin said:

“Budget 2013 is anti-child, anti-family and anti-jobs. It targets low and average income families with tax hikes and service cuts while leaving the very wealthy relatively untouched.

“The property tax, motor tax, and changes to employees and self-employed PRSI contributions will significantly increase the tax burden on average families.

“Cuts to child benefit, the back to school allowance and the respite care grant will have a particularly severe impact on families with children.

“In some cases the cumulative impact of these tax hikes and benefit cuts on families will add up to €1,900 per year.

“This will not only mean more financial hardship and family and child poverty. It will also further damage the local economy.
“Fine Gael and Labour are taking money out of the pockets of those people who keep their local economies alive. If they have less to spend then jobs will be lost.

“And if this wasn’t bad enough the Government is cutting investment by €550 million. This will cost the economy thousands of jobs.
“Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said that creating jobs and supporting small and medium sized businesses was his priority. Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin said that protecting the vulnerable was his priority.

“Yet between them they have designed a budget that will hurt children, hurt families and cost jobs.

“They have introduced a budget that will increase child poverty and this in the year the Government enshrined the rights of the child into the Constitution. Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald must explain how she can support a budget that punishes hundreds of thousands of children and pushes many of them deeper into poverty.

“Compare all of this to the inaction of Government on the lavish pay and pensions of those former bankers, civil servants and politicians, many of who are directly responsible for the economic crisis. None of these individuals will be affected by Budget 2013, not Sean Fitzpatrick or Bertie Ahern or Brian Cowen.

“While Budget 2013 is the responsibility of both Fine Gael and Labour the hypocrisy of the Labour deserves is truly breath-taking. During the election campaign Labour Party candidates including Robert Dowds and Joanna Tuffy promised not to cut child benefit or introduce a property tax. They were elected on the strength of those promises. By supporting Budget 2013 they are breaking these promises.

“Budgets are about choices. Fine Gael and Labour have chosen to make children and low to middle income families pay for the failures of bankers, developers and politicians. Sinn Féin offered the government clear and costed alternatives that would protect children, distribute the burden fairly and create jobs. Fine Gael and Labour chose to ignore our proposals and instead follow in the footsteps of Fianna Fail before them.” ENDS

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