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Budget 2021 must lead to a just and fair recovery and address the social inequality that existed before Covid-19

Published 02/10/2020


(01 October) Age Action joined the network of 30 national community and voluntary organisations to call on the Government to put the values of Community, Participation and Decency at the heart of Budget 2021 and use it to redress ongoing inequalities in our society that Covid-19 had highlighted and reinforced.

The Community Platform, a network of 30 national organisations working to address poverty, social exclusion and inequality, has published Four Tests which it will use to assess Budget 2021. The Four Tests are:

Test 1: Will Budget 2021 redistribute income towards the poorest 20%?
Test 2: Will Budget 2021 strengthen access to quality employment?
Test 3: Will Budget 2021 restore and strengthen public services that are of particular importance to people on low income?
Test 4: Will the impact of Budget 2021 be assessed to ensure that all provisions reduce poverty and inequality?

The Platform has drawn on its members proposals for Budget 2021 to outline detailed measures the Government should implement if it is to achieve these Four Tests.

Paul Ginnell, spokesperson for the Community Platform, said that “Covid-19 has had a disproportionate impact on those in poverty and most disadvantaged and has reinforced existing inequalities. These inequalities include inadequate social welfare supports, high levels of low paid workers, low investment in public services which among other things has led to a homelessness crisis, a dysfunctional health system with high levels of health inequality, and many groups in our society being left behind”.

Mr Ginnell concluded “Budget 2021 must protect those already severely disadvantaged and take visible steps to address existing inequalities so that we can begin to arrive out of this crisis as a more just and fair society underpinned by values of Community, Participation and Decency”. 

Further Information

Download the full Four Tests for Budget 2021 at


The Community Platform is an alliance of 30 national networks and organisations in the community and voluntary sector working to address poverty, social exclusion and inequality.

  • Age Action Ireland
  • All Together in Dignity (ATD) Ireland
  • Community Action Network
  • Community Work Ireland
  • Cairde
  • Debt and Development Coalition
  • European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) Ireland
  • Family Resource Centre National Forum
  • Focus Ireland
  • Immigrant Council of Ireland
  • Independent Living Movement Ireland
  • Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed
  • Irish Penal Reform Trust
  • Irish Refugee Council
  • Irish Rural Link
  • Irish Traveller Movement
  • Migrant Rights Centre Ireland
  • National Adult Literacy Agency
  • National Collective of Community-based Women's Networks
  • National Traveller Women’s Forum
  • National Women’s Council of Ireland
  • Pavee Point
  • Rape Crisis Network Ireland
  • Safe Ireland
  • Sign Language Interpreting Service
  • Simon Communities of Ireland
  • Threshold
  • Treoir
  • Vincentian Partnership for Justice
  • Women’s Aid



Concerns about Proposed Amendments to the Fair Deal Scheme in Relation to Rental Income

(10 May 2022) Age Action will address the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Local Government and Heritage on Planning: on the Provision of housing for older people, including Fair Deal on 10 May, where they will advocate for a package of safeguarding measures to be put in place to protect older people living in nursing homes as well as reforms to allow 100% of rental income on the person's primary residence to be disregarded by the HSE under the Nursing Home Support Scheme (Fair Deal).