first_imgDeputy PringleINDEPENDENT TD Thomas Pringle has hit out at this week’s budget saying the less well-off in society were ignored.Income supports were not restored while low income workers were left unsupported, said Deputy Pringle.“Despite cuts in USC, this budget failed to consider the plight of seasonal workers and part-time farmers dependent on income supports like Jobseekers Benefit and Farm Assist including its income disregards,” said Pringle. “The Government heavily pushed the job creation angle in the Budget, and failed to address the problem of high unemployment and the dominance of low income jobs in Donegal. Seasonal work reflects the growing trend of precarious work propping up across the country.”Pringle also said that “all this talk of job being the best form of social protection, and making work pay is completely exclusionary of those on the margins of work. No policies were brought in place to help those on low incomes get better jobs and better job security which could have been addressed if the income supports were restored back to pre-2012 levels.”He added: “The Government creates the welfare traps it talks about, through its own job creation policy by pushing more people into the low income bracket. For example, while the cut in USC will mean more money for low income earners, it will push 700,000 people out of the tax bracket making Ireland a low wage economy.“If this is what the Government is aiming for then this could mean serious implications for rural counties like Donegal.”  PRINGLE: BUDGET BY-PASSED LOW PAID WORKERS was last modified: October 15th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:budget 2016donegal tdReactionThomas Pringlelast_img

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