Budget 2016 is about making life better for our people
Posted on October 13, 2015 at 07:54 PM
Through perseverance Labour in government has restored the health of our public finances. It will not risk the hard earned gains of that recovery.
This government will, however, continue the process of significantly raising living standards and investing in essential services. It will also deliver for vulnerable groups. Only a strong economy can deliver a decent society and only a government with Labour at its core can deliver both.
This budget will mean better living standards and fairer taxes. We will reduce contributions from all low and middle workers on all income earned under €70,000 and we will increase the minimum wage. We will increase vital supports including the pension and respite care grant and will provide an increased Christmas Bonus.
The budget will provide a better start for families and kids. We will increase child benefit, provide an effective free second year of pre-school, and extending GP care to children under 11. We will also reduce the pupil:teacher ratio as part of our focus on creating a high-quality education system.
The budget will mean better jobs and opportunities. Job creation is our number one priority and in Budget 2016 we are continuing to support small business, directly recruiting more Gardai, and increasing the minimum wage.
The budget also means better and more affordable homes for families. We are continuing to invest in a major house building project, and are providing increased funding for emergency accommodation.
While we will not risk the hard earned gains the recovery, we will continue the process of significantly raising living standards and investing in essential services.
This budget shows what Labour can do in Government. Better living standards, a better start for families and their kids, better job opportunities, and better and more affordable homes for families.
With your support, we will continue delivering into the future.
Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform
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