portal_normal EE STRUCTURE orgcat: /PUBLICATIONS/BN-BREAKINGNEWS/IRELAND/National

portal_normal PUBLICATION STRUCTURE cat: /publications/bn-breakingnews/ireland/national

portal_normal CATEGORY STRUCTURE category: /PUBLICATIONS/BN-BREAKINGNEWS/IRELAND/National

portal_normal STRUCTURE section: nationalnews

portal_normal getURLCurrent: /web/eveningecho/nationalnews/detailedstory?p_p_id=DetailedStory_WAR_portalsuite&p_p_lifecycle=0&_DetailedStory_WAR_portalsuite_arg_detailstory_uuid=7ef51eff-8769-4461-b015-eafccd655d9f

portal_normal getPortalURL getURLCurrent: http://www.echolive.ie./web/eveningecho/nationalnews/detailedstory?p_p_id=DetailedStory_WAR_portalsuite&p_p_lifecycle=0&_DetailedStory_WAR_portalsuite_arg_detailstory_uuid=7ef51eff-8769-4461-b015-eafccd655d9f

portal_normal getPortalURL: http://www.echolive.ie

portal_normal domain: http://www.echolive.ie

STRUCTURE EE_062016_general_layout.tpl - url: /nationalnews/Sinn-Fein-call-for-emergency-rent-freeze-in-its-alternative-budget-7ef51eff-8769-4461-b015-eafccd655d9f-ds

STRUCTURE EE_062016_general_layout.tpl - section: nationalnews

STRUCTURE EE_062016_general_layout.tpl - orgcat: orgcat = /PUBLICATIONS/BN-BREAKINGNEWS/IRELAND/National

SOCIAL BOOKMARKS

Sinn Féin call for emergency rent freeze in its alternative budget

Sinn Féin has urged the Government to introduce an emergency rent freeze, cut childcare costs by €100 and cancel any potential carbon tax rises as part of its alternative budget plans.

The party put forward the proposals in a document launched on Tuesday, saying it is vital next week's budget focusses on hard-pressed households.

Under plans published just seven days before Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe reveals his Budget 2020 announcements next week, Sinn Féin's finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty said people struggling financially must be helped the most.

And, while taking account of Brexit, Mr Doherty said it is essential families are given a "break".

Among Sinn Féin's budget demands are:

  • an emergency freeze on rents and bringing in rent relief which would save families the equivalent of one month’s rent a year

  • reducing childcare costs by €100 a month per child

  • give each medical card holder two free GP visits

  • and to block any carbon tax budget rise due to claims it does not affect behavioural changes