The Labour party have said next month’s budget should focus more on public spending rather than introducing moderate tax cuts.
Speaking at the launch of the party’s pre-budget manifesto the Labour party leader Brendan Howlin said the Government should be more focused on addressing the health care and housing issues rather than offering small tax breaks to middle income earners.
Mr Howlin’s announcement comes as the party outlined its proposals for this month’s budget. Under their proposals the party say they want to invest a further €300 million in the health service this coming year ahead.
The party also have called for the abolishment of both prescription charges and hospital inpatient charges.
Amongst other key objectives the party have also called for all social welfare payments to comply with the rate of inflation.
Meanwhile the party have issued guidlines that would see an additional 5,000 more local authority housing units being built in 2018.
In terms of tax breaks Labour have proposed doubling the bank levy, introducing a sugar tax and increasing carbon tax, whilst they also support the abolishment of the much debated help to buy scheme.
Labour say their budget manifesto is more focused on addressing vital issues such as health care and homelessness rather than offering minimal tax breaks to the working class.