Thursday 23 November 2017

The results are in... we asked if you expect to feel the impact of Budget 2018

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (right) and Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (right) and Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Almost 90pc of readers believe that Paschal Donohoe's "balanced budget" tomorrow will have little impact on their finances.

An Independent.ie poll which asked readers if they expected Budget 2018 to make much difference to their finances found that 88pc of readers did not feel they would be in a much different position following the Budget.

Details have been emerging in recent days about what the public can expect when Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe delivers his Budget.

Workers look set to benefit to the tune of about €20 from USC cuts and changes to tax band rates, while social welfare hikes of up to €5 are also on the table.

But the majority of more than 2,000 readers who responded to Independent.ie's poll feel that there won't be a tangible difference to their back pocket.

We asked readers to reflect on the Budget in light of what we know so far.

When it comes to the budget the working man/women always pays the price might give an increase to the social but the price of living increases as well the rich stay rich and the poor stay poor

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Electricity is already going up, gas next. Whatever tax "reductions" they're offering will be soaked up by increases in everything else.

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Budgets are just political canvassing a lot of the time. Giving back a few euros here and there. It's all just for votes. Disabled people in this country should have everything they need its because they are a minority vote it doesn't matter to politicians. A true sign of decent people would be to look after people with difficulties first, I would gladly pay more tax if that was the case. Wouldn't everyone feel better?

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Are you having a laugh they'll give us a max of maybe a 5e and take God knows how much in stealth taxes. So no we will not be better off but the politicians will be laughing the whole way to the bank with the wage rises coming there way

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When are they going to focus on paying down our colassal state debt - instead of constantly going into deficit year after year, surely they should focus on reducing expenditure!

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The working man/women gets screwed every time. I don't mind the genuine people who needs genuine help but there's plenty of people out there screwing the system big time.

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Sugar tax well that's a joke it must mean everything we eat and drink is about to go up because sugar is in almost everything.

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We all know we are going to be screwed except the well off.

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Forgot couple of thousand again to government in pay hike, while pensions may get a fiver few months down line when they figure how to fund it

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