The key points of the Alternative Budget were:
A new 2.5 per cent tax on corporate profits.
“Income-contingent loans” which would enable students to borrow money for university fees and living costs.
A “text tax” of one-third of 1c (€0.0033) on every SMS, which the organisation estimates would provide €40million in revenue.
€10million savings on government legal bills.
Two per cent tax on salt, alcohol, sugar and saturated fats.
“Part-time job opportunity programme” to provide paid part-time jobs to 100,000 of the long-term unemployed.
Increased funding for primary education and adult literacy.
New €1billion capital investment programme to boost the economy.
In a statement, Social Justice Ireland said:
These proposals provide an integrated, coherent approach to building a fairer future that is both achievable and desirable. They are fiscally responsible. They protect Ireland’s poorest and most vulnerable people. They also seek to develop great! er fairness in the tax system and in Ireland’s response to its present series of crises.