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Sunday 20 April 2014

Families and women are big losers in austerity drive

FAMILIES will be feeling the brunt of Budget 2013 for a long time. We have been mugged, will be the feeling many will be left with after speeches from ministers Michael Noonan and Brendan Howlin.

At least €1,000 will be sucked out of the household income of an average family.

Women were also big losers.

The move to tax new mothers could be a big banana skin that forces some backsliding by the Government.

Up to now mothers on maternity leave did not have to pay tax on the social welfare payments they get for the 26 weeks they get to spend with the new-born.

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