Reducing taxes on work is vital if we are to help create more jobs – Buttimer

Wednesday, 7th October 2015

  • Budget should be used to continue to reduce the amount of taxes paid by workers.

Jerry Buttimer TDIf we are to continue our economic recovery, we need to ease taxation on hard pressed workers. I would like to see a reduction in the USC, so that working people will have more money in their pockets at the end of each month. The USC, which was introduced by Fianna Fáil after they had ruined our economy, hit working people extremely hard.

Thanks to continued economic growth, which has been brought about by significant job creation, we are now in a position whereby we can afford to reduce the taxation burden on people. I believe this should take the form of a reduction in USC payments.

Since we came into office, 410,000 low paid people no longer pay income tax or USC. We hope to increase that number to 500,000 in next week’s budget.

We reduced taxes on all workers in last year’s budget announcement and I believe we need to follow suit this year. Doing so will make a significant difference for working families and individuals.

Putting more money in people’s pockets leads to more money being spent on goods and services, and more jobs being created, which is good news for everyone.

Posted under Economic, National Work

Reducing childcare costs needs to be a priority in Budget 2016 – Buttimer

Tuesday, 6th October 2015

  • Reducing childcare costs needs to be a priority in Budget 2016.

150429 Youth Work Ireland Oireachtas BriefingRecent surveys have indicated that parents need to be earning up to €30,000 per year just to cover the costs of childcare for two children. This places a severe financial burden on already hard pressed families. It’s important that in next week’s Budget, the Government commits to strategic investment in childcare to ensure that we increase affordability, quality and accessibility for parents and children across Ireland.

A recent report, launched by the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr James Reilly TD, provides a clear path for future investment and represents an ambitious and detailed plan for childcare in Ireland. For parents some of the recommendations that will be most useful will be a period of paid parental leave and an extension of the free pre-school year. Setting up a simplified single subsidy scheme based on income, that will cover both community and private settings, would also ensure parents have wider choice and that all service providers have access to Government support. These changes would give parents flexibility in how they use the supports provided by Government, to best meet the needs of their family.

Access to affordable childcare, which is of a high standard, is an issue which is central to the lives of parents throughout Ireland. It is my hope that in next week’s Budget real and meaningful steps will be taken by this Government to help reduce the cost of childcare, as well as helping to improve the quality.

Fine Gael is prioritising job creation, because more jobs mean less tax for people already working and more revenue to provide better services. Government action to help create an accessible and affordable childcare system is vital if people are to be given the opportunity to return to the workforce.

Posted under Children & Youth Affairs, Economic, Finance, National Work

Court decision on 2009 floods welcome but flood defences needed – Buttimer

Monday 5th October 2015

  • High Court decides on liability for November 2009 flooding in Cork City

14-cork_floodingThe decision of the court appears to confirm what was already known locally. It has ruled on what caused the November 2009 floods, but it can never undo the devastation that was caused. Those floods and the days that followed will live long in the memory for many thousands of people in Cork.

Having an independent view and explanation of what happened is helpful, but it does nothing to undo the damage of those floods. Businesses and homes were affected across the city centre. People had lifetimes of memories washed away and destroyed. Years of hard work in developing businesses were undone by the floods. November 2009 has left a lasting mark on the city of Cork.

While an explanation is helpful what are needed most are steps to stop the continual problem of flooding in Cork. Areas like Oliver Plunkett Street, Grand Parade and Middle Parish, as well as Togher and Douglas, have been affected by floods on too many occasions.

The Government’s capital plan contains a commitment to putting in place flood defence and prevention system of the scale that Cork requires. It will be the largest flood defence scheme ever undertaken by the Office of Public Works and it shows that this project is getting the priority it rightly deserves. It is expected that works will commence in 2016 following further public consultations on the proposals.


Posted under Cork City, Development, National Work, South Central, South East, South West

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