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Community Platform - 4Steps2Recovery

4Steps2Recovery

4 steps to recovery logo

Cutting vital public services, taxing low paid workers, cutting social welfare and capital investment are being presented as the only options to reduce the budget deficit.

The Community Platform rejects this notion and has launched a campaign to present real alternatives in the form of progressive tax reform that will both address the budget deficit and stimulate economic recovery.

Campaign Launch

The Campaign was launched by Fergus Finlay, Chief Executive, Barnardos on Monday 13th September

 

  • Anne Costello of the Community Platform presented the proposals
  • Dr. Tom O Connor, Lecturer in Economic and Social Policy, Cork Institute of Technology responded

 

 
Downloadthe Campaign Summary Document   
Budget 2011 provides the Minister for Finance with very real choices. He and the Government can continue the failed policy of cuts to services, wages and social welfare, the result of which will be more unemployment, more poverty and further reduction in the quality of our public services. Alternatively they can choose take action to develop a progressive tax system that is just, equitable and sustainable, a system that will help to stimulate the economy and put Ireland firmly on the road to recovery.

Action needed

Budget 2011 gives the Minister for Finance the power to introduce the changes the Community Platform proposes. It is crucial that to inform the Minister, the Government and all other political representatives just how important these proposals are.

Download a letter you can send to the Minister and TDs here in word or pdf

Community Platform press statements + media coverage

 

Tonight with Vincent Browne 18th November

Tonight with Vincent Browne 13th Sepember

 Dr. Tom O Connor responds to Community Platform proposals

Call for fairer tax system

Proof too much wealth still remains untaxed

Proposal to make wealthy tax exiles pay their fair share is a step in the right direction

Disposable incomes of the low paid must be protected

It's time to demolish tax shelters for the wealthy

Scandinavia holds lesson in fairness for Ireland

Supporting materials

 The bearable lightness of taxation

 

Useful links

TASC

The Poor Can't Pay

Debt and Development Coalition