Saturday 23 September 2017

Labour wants to cut deficit and promote jobs

The Labour Party billed its alternative budget as "In Ireland's Interest - Jobs, Reform and Fairness".

The party said its aim was to reduce the deficit by taking €4.5bn out of the Government spend next year through tax reform while also promoting jobs and growth.

Key proposals from Labour:

- A 48pc top tax rate for the highest earners - single workers earning more than €100,000 or a couple taking in €200,000;

- A €190,000 cap on all public servant and political salaries and cut the sector pay bill by €400m in 2011;

- Follow that with a €1.4bn reduction in the public sector pay bill over three years;

- Abolition of property-based tax relief and breaks;

- Save €215m from the welfare bill by cutting fraud and curbing the rent supplement spend;

- Car-pooling for ministers and Garda drivers to be replaced by civilians except when security issues are a concern;

- An enforced €100m contribution from the 7,000 exiles said to be based part-time in Ireland;

- A modest cut of €250 in the personal tax credit system;

- Increase in the rate of Deposit Interest Retention Tax to 30pc.

- An increase in the tax on second homes to €500;

- Cap the Taoiseach's salary at €190,000 and bring in a corresponding further reduction of 17pc to the wages of all ministers and Ministers of State;

- Achieving approximately €960m in non-pay savings next year;

- Introduce a jobs fund of €500m next year;

- Maintain investment in education and frontline services in health, while reducing the cost base in the health service.

Press Association

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