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Let us know: What would YOU do in the Budget?

Ireland must find savings of €3.8billion next week. How would you do it?

THE COUNTRY IS bracing itself for next week’s Budget, which will contain a raft of new austerity measures as ministers scrabble for savings.

By the terms of the EU/IMF bailout agreement, the Government must find savings of €3.8billion with spending cuts and tax increases.

We already have some ideas about what the Budget might contain – with cuts to some social welfare benefits, a €100 universal household charge, a VAT increase and new health charges among measures which have been flagged. However, the Government has repeatedly come under fire for its approach.

So today we’re asking: What would you do to save €3.8billion in next week’s Budget?

A wealth tax? New tolls? Cutting public spending programmes? Explain your ideas in the comments, and we’ll pick out the best of them for Readers’ Budget…

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