Tuesday 23 January 2018

Stephen Kinsella: How much do you want to pay in taxes for social services?

Stephen Kinsella

Stephen Kinsella

I never see the recently deceased lying around the place because their families can't afford to bury them. When families can't afford the burial fee, the State steps in with a bereavement grant, and there are loans and other forms of access to cash.

Should the State step in when families can't afford to bury their loved ones? Are there private, market-based solutions we could look at that don't require using taxpayer's money? I'm being a little flippant, but it is a serious question.

The moment to reopen the debate on the size of the State is now. Taxes are the price of social services. Do we want to pay more or less, and for what?

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