'No fireworks, no big bonanza' - Leo's been managing expectations ahead of the Budget
Speaking on his way into Government Buildings this morning, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar wasn’t giving too much away – but spoke in broad terms about what people can expect today. Many of the measures have been in the public domain for some time already (here’s a quick run-down on what to look out for).
Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe will be announcing, he said, “further investments in health and education – more teachers, more nurses, more gardaí” along with “a very significant increase on spending on infrastructure – with big increases for housing and transport in particular”.
“There’s also a tax and welfare package which puts more money back in the pockets of taxpayers, working people, families, pensioners, people on welfare as well as measures to reduce the cost of living – particularly in relation to childcare and prescription medicines.”
Describing it as “a good Budget overall,” he cautioned:
There’s no fireworks, no big bonanza – but it is another small sustainable step in the right direction for the country.
Cannot believe that there is going to be increased for those on social welfare.
A real sting in the tail for those working who can’t afford a holiday, second child or all those things that families claiming long term benefits seems to be able to afford. The latest madcap idea by the American Lesbian children's minister is to offer free creche places for the parents don’t work!I accept there are genuine families on welfare but thousands are on welfare for generations who have never worked.
Instead of fucking tax breaks and welfare increases how about tackling the horrific stealth taxes. Make our money go further, cut the 23% VAT for a start - this would be as good as raising the dole a fiver or raising the minimum wage by €4 per week. In addition, our economy becomes more competitive as a result. But no, that doesn't work for big government who want control over the direction of every red cent in the country.
They are only giving increases to those on welfare because most people have gone back to work, unfortunately, those still on welfare are mostly African Invaders, Eastern European`s, and our own Special Ethnic community.