Crunch budget choice: welfare or stimulus

Tensions mount in cabinet over whether tough welfare cuts must still go ahead, writes Pat Leahy.

1st June, 2013
Joan Burton, Minister for Social Protection.

Ministers will have to choose between spending on welfare or a stimulus package when they face budget decisions in the summer and early autumn.

Budget tensions in government are already rising as ministers face choices between easing austerity - especially on welfare budgets - and a jobs and stimulus plan which would focus on construction projects such as schools and health centres.

Labour ministers are nervous about the political fallout from further swingeing cuts to...

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