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SVP calls for end to Austerity
The SVP Area President for North Tipperary/South Offaly John Lupton, is seeking public support in the area for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s pre-budget submission to government seeking an end to austerity. The SVP have initiated a National Social Justice Campaign which sets out to raise public awareness of the enormous damage being done to many families and individuals especially those most vulnerable, through the programme of austerity. SVP are asking people in its campaign, “make your voice heard”, to lobby government to bring the programme of austerity to an end.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, says Mr. Lupton, are very aware of the need for government to close the gap between the country’s revenue and expenditure but it must, it insists, be done in a fair and equitable way. The SVP submission to government states that “further cuts to the budgets of government departments which impact negativity on the services needed by individuals, families and communities are unacceptable to SVP”. It goes on to ask government to find the resources and the best approaches to protect social services and supports. “The state seriously needs to seriously examine the alternative options available in the areas of stimulating growth, improving efficiencies in the provision of public services and generating Revenue from sources with higher incomes and assets that can afford to make a greater contribution to Ireland’s recovery.”
The SVP submission to government highlights the fact that 1 in 5 children are at risk of poverty, that 1 in 3 children are deprived of basic necessities, that 1 in 10 children live in severe poverty, with a quarter of children living in jobless households. The Saint Vincent de Paul Society have a huge commitment to “education” as being a means of allowing people to bring themselves out of the poverty trap eventually and thus the Society urges and pleads with government not to inhibit access to education through further cuts in budgetary allocations.
John Lupton states that “it was hopeful to have heard the Minister for Social Protection, Ms. Joan Burton suggest, when addressing a National Convention of SVP in the Convention Centre in Dublin a few months ago, that austerity must be brought to an end. It was also the first time I heard a government Minister, since this recession began, mention the renowned economist John Maynard Keynes whose economics of stimulating the economy and generating growth through a positive income multiplier effect inspired Franklin D. Roosevelt’s “New Deal”, which brought America and, I believe, the World out of the recession of the 1930’s. Such innovative creative thinking and strategic policies are again needed so that all people, especially the hard pressed and vulnerable can again have hope.”
“Make Your Voice Heard”
Information on the SVP’s online social justice campaign for fairness and an end to austerity in Budget 2014, including videos of SVP case studies, SVP social justice opinion/comment blogs and statistics can be viewed on www.svp.ie/yourvoice. People are asked to visit this website and sign up to support the campaign. The North Tipperary/South Offaly Area of Saint Vincent de Paul, in the meantime, through its conferences in Nenagh, Birr, Roscrea, Cloughjordan and Newport/Killaloe and its fledging conference in Banagher continue to provide assistance and support to those most in need through the on-going generosity of the people and communities of North Tipperary and South Offaly.