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We want you: Join TheJournal.ie’s Budget 2014 readers' panel

We want to hear from a wide range of people across the country to find out their thoughts both ahead of Budget Day and on the day itself.

BUDGET 2014 IS just a week away, and the government has swiftly moved on from the weekend’s referendums to offering teasers of what next Tuesday will bring.

While TheJournal.ie will be bringing you all the latest from Budget 2014 and helping you make sense of it, we want to hear your own stories of how it will affect you personally.

What cuts are you most worried about? How will it compare to other years? Is this the last tough Budget we will face?

Are you optimistic and believe it might be a little like this…


… or will you be forced to call on the piggy bank again and watch every single penny?

image(Image Credit: Cameron Tylek/YouTube)

We would like to hear from people in the following groups:

  • Couple, working, with children
  • Single and working
  • Single parent
  • Public sector worker
  • Unemployed person
  • Pensioner
  • Living alone, on a disability allowance
  • A full-time carer
  • Owner of a small/medium-sized business
  • Student
  • Someone who has emigrated since Budget 2013

How it works

We’ll have a chat with you about your current situation and what your hopes and fears are in the run up to next week. Last year’s pieces are available are here (Part 1) and here (Part 2).

Then, once the bad/good news has been announced, we’ll contact you to get your reaction and to work out how it has actually impacted you. Here’s last year’s piece.

Please note that you’ll need to be contactable on Budget Day, 15 October 2013.

Still interested?

To take part we’ll need you to email a few details to nicky@thejournal.ie including:

  • Your Name
  • Your circumstances, i.e. which one of the criteria above do you satisfy, and a little about yourself
  • A contact number
  • The county in which you live
  • A small, headshot photograph of yourself that can be used on the website.

We would be delighted to have you take part in our extensive coverage of Budget 2014, so please get in touch!

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