Green Party spokesperson for Finance, Public Expenditure and Health, Neasa Hourigan TD, welcomed Budget 2021 as a budget that cares for the vulnerable while pushing for a Green recovery.
“With Brexit and COVID we have an uncertain year ahead of us. What we can be certain of is that we need to do more to protect the vulnerable and those most impacted by COVID-19 and that we need to take material steps on moving to a low carbon economy.”
“As such I welcome the budget moves that protect the vulnerable including:
- 403 special education teachers and 990 extra SNAs
- Increases in Qualified Child, Living Alone, Island Allowances and Carers support grant
- Increase in one parent allowance
- Fuel allowance will go up by €3.50
- Targeted supports for business that have been significantly impacted by the government’s Plan for Living with COVID-19
“I also welcome moves to hasten the Green Recovery including:
- €131 million for energy efficiency upgrades.
- Upcoming tax supports for Working from Home
- Changes in VRT bands to incentivise greener transport decisions
“There is of course more to be done but this is a firm first step for this government”
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