Revealed: This is where Independent.ie readers would prefer to see extra investment in Budget 2018
The majority of Independent.ie readers would like to see tax cuts introduced in Budget 2018 rather than other investments, according to a new survey.
With just hours to go until Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe reveals how he plans to implement the so-called "balanced budget" his party has promised, Independent.ie asked the public what measures they would like to see.
A total of 40pc of readers who voted said they would rather see tax cuts above incentives such as education, health, housing, social protection and childcare.
Tying up the top three on the wishlist, 22pc of those who answered would like to see money invested in housing, while 21pc would prefer to see more funding allocated to the health system.
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A total of 7pc said they would like to see more cash being directed to improve education.
While just 5pc of people said they want more money plunged into social protection or childcare.
It would be nice to see carers acknowledged and people with disabilities.
A budget that was led from the top...I want to see political pay halved, does anyone else?
A budget that was led from the top...I want to see political pay halved, does anyone else??
Investment in much needed housing and vital job creation and further training for people who need it.
I'd like to see all money restored to the public sector
It would be nice to see carers acknowledged and people with disabilities
So far, Fine Gael are prioritising measures such as a raise in the threshold for the 40pc income tax rate to kick in, an increase in the State pension and other Social Protection payments and a reduction in prescription charges for 65 to 69 year-olds.
Fine Gael is also expected to allocate funding for hundreds more gardai, raise commercial stamp duty and increase the price of cigarettes and introduce a sugar tax.