Finally Gilmore accepted the truth that there is no way to avoid cuts for welfare benefits if they want to increase taxes
Gilmore warns of cuts in social welfare in December Budget - National News, Frontpage - Independent.ieCUTS in social welfare and a widening of the tax base will form part of December’s budget, Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore has said.
“There is no doubt social welfare spending has to come down. Joan Burton has already done a huge amount of work on addressing the area of welfare fraud and overclaiming,” he said in an interview with the Irish Times.
“She gave the Government a briefing last Tuesday on the very significant progress she is making on it. In addition to that there is a whole welfare reform agenda that is being pursued. Expenditure has to come down. There is no doubt about that. That will be done,” he said.
The only question how it will be implemented
Will it be cuts equally spread between long term dolers and recently unemployed, or they will copy Germany and will maximize cuts for long term in order to get rid of life on welfare as lifestyle
BTW, Germans in 2005 implemented Hartz IV with reduction long term benefits to 359 euro per month( recently increased to 364)
Even if most left wingers were objecting that there is no jobs around, results speak itself