Thursday October 29, 2020

Slow suffocation of the working family

After this budget, Ireland's 'squeezed middle' should no longer have to apologise for their place in life, writes Martha Kearns.

9th December, 2012
'A couple with two children will be down €240 a year on child benefit and probably be paying an extra €528 in PRSI between them.'

"Budget 2013: families, motorists and homeowners bear the brunt of measures announced today," said Bryan Dobson as he introduced RTE's Six One coverage of last Wednesday's horror show, pinpointing those most severely hit.

Most middle-income earners - and in particular young mothers - saw themselves in every box being ticked by the main points.

New property tax: tick. Cut in child benefit: tick. PRSI contribution increase: tick. Motor tax hike: tick. Old reliables increase: tick. Maternity...

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