Sunday 22 April 2018

'Alternative budget' to detail jobs boost plan

Nick Bramhill

BRIAN LENIHAN will today be urged to adopt a groundbreaking initiative in his December Budget that economists say would remove 100,000 jobless from the live register in just 12 months.

An alternative budget, to be published today by Social Justice Ireland, will outline a new scheme which promises to find work for up to 100,000 unemployed people.

A team of leading analysts working for Social Justice Ireland say they have found a way to give the country the huge jobs boost in their costings, while at the same time remaining within parameters set by the Government to reduce borrowing by €3bn in 2011, including making cutbacks of €1bn in the capital budget.

Exact details of the costings -- the first alternative budget to be published so far this year -- will be revealed today.

"This is not a programme which forces people to take up jobs like Eamon O Cuiv has proposed, we're talking about people getting back doing jobs that they are qualified for," an insider on the budget team said.

"This programme will find paid work for tradesmen and skilled people to get back doing what they are qualified to do."

Child poverty, poor literacy rates and social housing waiting lists are also addressed, according to the insider.

Irish Independent

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