As the dust settles on Budget 2014, trade union Unite has issued a list of what it terms ’50 Cuts too Far’ which, taken together, will take more money out of households and communities.
“The list of cuts compiled by Unite is by no means exhaustive: many ‘below-the-radar’ cuts will only become apparent in the coming weeks and months, as has been the case with previous austerity Budgets”, according to Regional Secretary Jimmy Kelly.
“What this list does show is that, once again, low and middle income families have been targeted, and many will suffer the cumulative effect of cuts in successive budgets – and multiple cuts in this budget.
“For example, someone who is made redundant will no longer be able to avail of top-slicing relief on a redundancy lump sum – and they will also not be able to get Mortgage Interest Supplement. If they have a large family, their Child Benefit will be cut – and they will also be liable for increased prescription fees and other increased charges, depending on their individual family circumstances.
“And the final irony is that as a result of this Budget, which Unite estimates will cost something in the region of 25,000 jobs, they will find it that much more difficult to get employment again.
“The tragedy of Budget 2014 is that there were alternatives – alternatives which would have improved social outcomes and economic growth”, Jimmy Kelly concluded.