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Sunday 21 September 2014

Economic gains will not be sacrificed for tax cuts and public spending hikes - Howlin

Colm Kelpie in Belfast

Published 13/02/2014 | 12:47

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Brendan Howlin,TD,the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform speaking  at the  publication  of  the Goverment's new Public Service Reform Plan 2014-2016 and the Second Progress Report on its previous Reform Plan at Governmet buildings yesterday.Pic Tom Burke 14/1/14
Brendan Howlin.

POSSIBLE tax cuts and public spending increases will be looked at for Budget 2015, but the economic gains made to date won't be put at risk, Brendan Howlin has warned.

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The Public Expenditure and Reform Minister said the country needs to make sustainable decisions and avoid the mistakes of the past.

The coalition has been building up an expectation of an income tax cut in October's budget.

Lifting the income threshold where the higher rate of tax kicks in is likely to be the focus of any cut in personal tax in the Budget.

'We will look in a very clear way of what is affordable in the economy, either by way of expenditure increases or by way of tax reductions,'' Mr Howlin said, on the margins of the British Irish Chamber of Commerce International conference in Belfast.

''We have broadened the tax base very significantly, we have worked toward a balanced budget and we're not going to put any of that at risk''

Yesterday, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said examining a potential income tax cut was a priority for the Government. He said the Government recognised the pressure people were under.

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