Category: Welfare


The budget, the over-fifties and the under-fives

Jim Stewart 15/04/2009

Jim Stewart: The recent supplementary budget, while removing a considerable amount of income from almost everyone, also treated some groups in …

Budget 2009: further comments

Slí Eile 07/04/2009

Sli Eile: Some additional – and initial – observations about specific points in the Budget. Leading by example? The announced changes to pay and …

Reform of tax relief on pensions should be accompanied by pension reform

Jim Stewart 30/03/2009

Jim Stewart: The solution to the current pensions crisis proposed by TASC in its pamphlet Making Pensions Work for People is to introduce an improved …

Pension levy - illustrating 'upside-down' nature of tax reliefs

26/02/2009

Gerard Hughes and Jim Stewart of progressive-economy@tasc have taken a closer look at the pension levy, which concluded its passage through the Dail …

Paying twice for public service pensions

Gerard Hughes 22/02/2009

Gerard Hughes: The Government argues that the pension levy is justified because public service pensions are significantly more favourable than the …

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