Today the 3rd of February 2009, Brian Cowen announced more cutbacks that attacked the vulnerable.
The Taoiseach said, “The Government considered the position at its meeting this morning and took the necessary decisions in respect of the fiscal adjustments required.”
He did this by cutting “€75 million through a reduction in the Early Childcare supplement from €1100 to €1000 per year and a restriction to child under 5.” Which will reduce the early childcare supplement by €100 per year, this is asking the youngest in our society to pay for the government mismanagement of the economy.
The Taoiseach also reduced overseas aid €95 million, and a €300 million reduction in capital expenditure. He went on to say “The Government has been guided by the principles of fairness and prudence in making these tough decisions.” I don’t believe that it is fair to target children and overseas aid, nor do I think it right to reduce the amount invested in Capital programmes.
The Taoiseach seems to be warming to Fine Gael policies announced 4 months ago by party leader Enda Kenny when he said “Pay increases agreed under the partnership process last year, and due for public servants in September this year with a second phase in 2010, will not now be paid on the dates planned.”