Fine Gael will ensure we put more money back in your pocket and help people in Cork and their families with the cost of living in the forthcoming budget, according to North Cork Fine Gael Councillor John Paul O’Shea.
Councillor O’Shea said Fine Gael is pushing for a range of measures to be implemented in Budget 2023 to make sure that work pays better for the people of Cork.
“Fine Gael knows that rising costs are making it ever more expensive to do the weekly shop, to fill your car and pay your bills.
“We have acted with a suite of measures worth €2.4 billion to help households and business offset rising inflation, but we know that we can and must do more to address the high cost of living for you and your family.
“Fine Gael is pushing for a budget that puts more money back in your pocket and we have the following priorities;
Reducing the cost of childcare for all families in Cork
Reducing student fees and providing more student grants to help with the cost of college
Building more homes (social, private, cost rental and affordable purchase) ensuring lower rents and giving first time buyers saving for their deposit a grant of up to €30,000
Helping with the cost of petrol and diesel by keeping excise low and cutting train and bus fares permanently in Cork
Increasing payments for pensioners, carers, people with disabilities and the vulnerable
Giving more people free GP care and lowering the cost of medicines
“Reducing income tax is the way to ensure Cork people get to keep more of their hard-earned income.
“The average person working full time in Ireland earns more than €40,000 a year. They stand to lose 52% of any pay increase they get in income tax, USC and PRSI, and that simply is not fair.
“We want to make sure working people and middle-income earners get to keep most of any pay increase they get. The average two income couple both working full time pays €800 a year less in income than they would if Sinn Féin had done the last Budget.
“The economy is growing strongly, we are close to full employment and the public finances are in good order so we are in a strong position to better support individuals and families, while also protecting our economy to support jobs and businesses.
“That is why Fine Gael’s focus is on alleviating cost of living pressures and ensuring that work pays better for you and your family,” Councillor O’Shea concluded.