Alternative budget 2023: From a €20 increase in social aid and pensions to the freezing of rents, what the opposition parties are proposing

As the government unveils its 2023 budget tomorrow and the package of several billion one-off measures, the opposition parties have presented their own proposals in recent weeks.

while some measures proposed by the opposition are included in tomorrow’s budget – such as a double payment of child benefits or a €500 reduction in annual tuition fees – many are not.

Here are some of the other plans that will not be rolled out by the government tomorrow.

€20 increase in pension and retirement rates

Many opposition parties are pushing for a €20 weekly increase in social security rates and the state pension.

It comes on the back of charities calling for the same, including Saint Vincent de Paul and Social Justice Ireland.

Labour, People Before Profit and the Rural Independents have all called for weekly increases of €20.

Sinn Féin and the Social Democrats have called for weekly increases of €15.

Aontú is asking for an increase in pension rates of €20 and an increase in social protection rates of working age by €17 per week.

However, this has been ruled out by Social Care Minister Heather Humphreys as the final figure could be between €10 and €15.

Lower cost of public transport

Almost all parties included reductions in the cost of public transport in their submissions. Labor wants a €9 monthly ticket for all public transport, while People Before Profit thinks it should be free.

Sinn Féin and the Regional Independents want the already existing 20% ​​public transport cut to be extended to private bus operators, while the Social Democrats believe it should be cut by 30%.

Aontú thinks there should be an additional 20% reduction in public transport.

Rural independents are calling for increased funding to rural areas and for road funding cuts to be “undone”.

Income-related rent levels

People Before Profit is calling for rents to be frozen and then reduced to a median income level of 25%.

Under the legislation, a National Rents Authority which would calculate the median household income and limit rents to a quarter of that figure.

In its pre-budget submission, the party says median incomes are €40,000, which would result in rents of €10,000 per year, or €833 per month.

The party previously had a bill on the matter, which had not passed through the Dáil.

€60 increase in fuel allowance

The rural self-employed are also pushing for a €60 increase in fuel allowance per week, which is currently €33.

The technical delegates also believe that the fuel allowance period should be extended to 40 weeks from the 28 weeks already in place.

However, the group’s pre-budget submission does not say how much this measure would cost.

Regional independents said the fuel allowance period should be increased to 32 weeks from 28.

Aontú is pushing for a €40 increase and also an extension to 32 weeks.

Meanwhile, Sinn Féin believe it should be raised by €5 and the Social Democrats by €15.

Cut the carbon tax

Sinn Féin, People Before Profit and the Rural Independents have called for the carbon tax to be scrapped.

“It is an unfair tax on those who bear the least responsibility for the climate emergency. It does not take into account the ability to pay and there is no evidence that it works,” the submission reads. PBP pre-budget.

Meanwhile, the Independent Rural DTs Grouping, which has opposed the carbon tax for years, says it is responsible for ‘raising the cost of everything from food to travel’.

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