In Irish budgets some are more equal than others
Ireland must follow best practice and place equality at the centre of decisions on public finances
Food for thought: every fifth child in Ireland is at risk of poverty, going without a substantial meal in a 24-hour period or living in unheated homes
The Government is, this week, finalising another budget that will have wide-ranging implications for people’s lives and wellbeing. Sadly, however, the budget will not include an assessment of its likely impact on specific members of our society, nor will it explicitly focus on the equality and human rights dimensions of cuts and tax increases.
Despite the fact that civil society groups have, for many years, been calling for analysis of the effects of proposed budget measures, Budget 2014 will again be lacking in equality impact assessments that could positively feed into political decision-making and bring transparency to the budgetary process.