The Social Democrats want an increase in social assistance rates of 15 euros per week in the budget

In their alternative budget, the Social Democrats are demanding an increase in all social assistance rates by 15 euros per week.

The party, led by Roisin Shortall and Catherine Murphy, is also calling for the minimum wage to be raised to €12 an hour as part of the plan to deal with the living crisis.

They also want tuition fees for higher education to be reduced by €500 for the coming term.

The draft budget of the Social Democrats calls for the introduction of a third rate of income tax of 43 percent on all income over 100,000 euros.

A budget document prepared by the government criticized by the party claims it will put money in people’s pockets, which means “tax cuts for the better off”.

The party proposed tackling the cost of living crisis by giving households a cash payment based on their income.

This means that anyone who earns less than 50,000 euros will receive a subsidy of 800 euros.

Households with a total income between 50,000 and 100,000 euros would receive 600 euros, while households with an income between 100,000 and 120,000 euros would be entitled to 400 euros.

Payments would be made in two tranches between now and next February.

The party admitted it had no plan on how it would support households after February 2023.

However, the party’s alternative budget also includes plans to increase the weekly fuel allowance from €33 to €48 while introducing a €100 million hardship fund for households struggling due to the cost-of-living crisis.

They planned to make primary and secondary education “truly free,” providing books and transportation to schools for free while ending the practice of parents paying voluntary contributions.

The party wants to reduce childcare fees by 30 percent next year and by the same rate the following year.

They plan to fit 100,000 homes with solar panels and want to increase the subsidy for installing the renewable energy solution.

Introducing the alternative budget, Ms Shortall said: “Before the current inflationary crisis, the cost of living in Ireland was already 36 per cent above the EU average and we were the second most expensive European country to live in.

“That meant the Irish had little leeway when prices started to rise rapidly.”

Ms Murphy said: “The cost of living crisis has been significantly exacerbated by the decades of underinvestment in essential public services that preceded it. We must address the chronic deficits that exist in our public services.” The Social Democrats want an increase in social assistance rates of 15 euros per week in the budget

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