Four tests for Budget 2015

People on low incomes, women and minorities, who gained least in the boom years, have suffered most in the recession.  Over a quarter of the population are now officially counted as experiencing deprivation, including many who are working, because of unemployment and service and welfare cuts.

Budget 2015 must urgently address the widespread suffering reported by our members and the people they represent and work with and signal a medium term strategy to build a more equal and inclusive Ireland.

ATD with the other members of the Community Platform  will judge Budget 2015 particularly in terms of the four tests presented in a new document  Four tests for Budget 2015 which was circulated to Oireachtas members by post.