Four Tests for Budget 2023

In advance of Budget 2023 the Community Platform has published its annual Four Tests for Budget 2023.  While Budget 2023 needs to urgently respond to the cost-of-living crisis, it must also address ongoing structural weaknesses that create the conditions that enable inequality and poverty to become ingrained and grow in our society . The Four Tests are:

Test 1: Will Budget 2023 redistribute income towards the poorest 20%?

Test 2: Will Budget 2023 strengthen access to quality employment?

Test 3: Will Budget 2023 restore and strengthen public services that are of particular importance to people on low income?

Test 4: Will the impact of Budget 2023 be assessed to ensure that all provisions reduce poverty and inequality?

A range of policy proposals for Budget 2023 from the Community Platform members are outlined under each of the Tests.

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