Thursday 8 December 2016

Budget 2016 failed to offer anything to students

Published 16/10/2015 | 02:30

‘The Coalition failed to reintroduce the postgraduate grants in Budget 2016’ (picture posed)
‘The Coalition failed to reintroduce the postgraduate grants in Budget 2016’ (picture posed)

The Budget of 2016 has forgotten about the politicians, teachers, doctors, nurses and businesspeople of the future. There is a feeling among the student population that the Government has not appropriately addressed student support in this Budget.

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The media has very effectively outlined how Budget 2016 affects several groups in society. The pensioners, after working hard in an era of very high taxation, have been catered for. The middle-income families who contribute most to our PAYE and USC have been given several reductions and allowances.

The self-employed have been given tax credits and the social welfare recipients have an increased Christmas Bonus. However, 91pc of college students feel the Government has not appropriately addressed student support in this Budget.

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