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  • Media Release: Tax Wealth Campaign stages Dáil protest » Press Release » Media » Claiming our Future
    onto those who can least afford it COF is campaigning for tax measures on wealthy which could generate several billion Placards at the protest displayed some of the measures COF is calling for such as A 1 wealth tax 800 million Ending property tax reliefs 450 million Reducing landord interest relief 400 million A 35 minimum effective tax on high earners 100 million There is still time for this government to decide on a budget that is in the interest of the majority and not a powerful minority elite said Siobhan O Donoghue of COF Austerity simply isn t working In spite of the IMF ECB plan the government retains the power to make political decisions on issues like taxation There are alternatives to the savage budget spinning in the airwaves Rory Hearne of COF said The wealthy haven t been called upon to do enough for the common good of the country The government needs to demand that they put on a green jersey and do more to keep hospitals wards open classrooms staffed and to fund a job stimulus Most wouldn t mind being asked to pay more especially when so many of their fellow Irish citizens are

    Original URL path: http://www.claimingourfuture.ie/media1/events/2011/11/29/media-release-tax-wealth-campaign-stages-dail-prot/ (2015-10-30)
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  • Press Release – VAT increase and house levy is an all out attack on low and average income earners » Press Release » Media » Claiming our Future
    further deflate the economy leading to more job losses Lower and middle income earners pay a much higher percentage of their income in VAT than higher earners According to the Economic and Social Review the lowest 10 pay over 16 of their gross income on VAT The highest 10 only pay 6 of their gross income in VAT According to Siobhan O Donoghue a spokesperson with Claiming Our Future VAT increases will take even more money out of the pockets of the people who are hanging on by a thread It will harm spending hurt businesses and cost jobs In whose interest is such a decision It s not in the interest of people or the economy We need to stand up now and fight these measures Rory Hearne of Claiming Our Future says It beggars belief that a decision like this would be taken when the top 300 wealthiest with a combined wealth of 50 billion are left virtually untouched Why does our government continue to protect them Siobhan O Donoghue states There are real alternatives and choices to be made in addressing the budget deficit and jobs crisis The wealthy haven t been called upon to do enough for the common good of the country Most wouldn t mind being asked to pay more in taxes especially when so many of their fellow Irish citizens are suffering Claiming Our Future has launched a nationwide petition calling on the government to enact tax measures for wealthy and high income groups to generate much needed revenue to protect services and to invest in jobs Claiming Our Future is a progressive movement of people committed a more equal inclusive and sustainable Ireland www claimingourfuture ie Contacts Siobhan O Donoghue 087 677 7463 Rory Hearne 086 152 3542 Bill Abom 083 002

    Original URL path: http://www.claimingourfuture.ie/media1/events/2011/11/18/press-release-vat-increase-and-house-levy-is-an-al/ (2015-10-30)
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  • Press Notice – CSO and Credit Union Data show alternative budget strategy required » Press Release » Media » Claiming our Future
    000 in the number of adults that have less than 100 a month to spend after bills are paid When you add this to the CSO s recent figures which show that unemployment has risen from 14 7 to 14 9 of the workforce the third successive monthly increase it is clear that current government responses are either inadequate or wrong December s budget will be the sixth austerity budget in a row Rory Hearne spokesperson for Claiming Our Future said The evidence from Ireland and internationally shows clearly that this approach is not working Nobel prize winning economists such as Paul Krugman argue that austerity depresses the economy as economic analysis shows that reducing the income of lower income households dampens domestic demand The Government s current plans to reduce spending by at least 1bn and raise taxes on lower and middle income households in December s budget is likely therefore to prolong the recession mass unemployment Siobhan O Donoghue Spokesperson for Claiming Our Future said There are alternative viable policies that could deliver recovery Aspects to a Plan B could include a significant stimulus investment in job creation by setting up Strategic Investment Bank as outlined in the Programme for Government to invest funds from the National Pension Reserve Fund in infrastructure development Raising significant finance from taxing higher incomes and wealth rather than lower income households that have suffered disproportionally to date from austerity budgets Despite the claims to the contrary there are alternatives that economically make sense and share the burden more equally It is vital that there is enough time to debate publicly these alternatives before decisions are made about the budget The country is in too much of a crisis to have the debate about the Budget restricted to government ministers and economists who

    Original URL path: http://www.claimingourfuture.ie/media1/events/2011/07/13/press-notice-cso-and-credit-union-data-show-altern/ (2015-10-30)
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  • Pledge support » Current Campaigns » Get Involved » Claiming our Future
    to be included on the COF s mailing list to receive news and information and updates from the COF in the future Submit Current Campaigns Financial Transaction Tax Background Take Action Pledge support View supporting organisation Join a working group Start a local group Stay informed Archived Campaigns Privacy Acessibility Cookies Sitemap Connect with Us Follow claimingrfuture Claiming Our Future We are a national non party political civil society network

    Original URL path: http://www.claimingourfuture.ie/getinvolved/currentcampaign1/pledge-support/ (2015-10-30)
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  • The ‘Call for Responses’ to a Declaration for A New Republic/ A New Ireland » News » Latest Events » Claiming our Future
    based on a fundamental transformation of our current society to become an equal sustainable and inclusive Republic It will give life to the core values of equality environmental sustainability participation accountability and solidarity for all the people of Ireland today and for futuregenerations This New Republic will be created by mobilising and using the creative capacity commitment and abilities of all This will realise the full potential of our own resources in achieving real and radical change This New Republic should guarantee to all its people A system of government based on principles of true democracy and participation An economy that serves the needs of society and respects environmental limits Quality public services available to all irrespective of income level Properly funded excellent and accessible public health education and childcare Affordable high quality housing and a home available to all as a right Decent work job security and worker s rights An adequate income for all and greater income equality Fulfilment of social economic and cultural rights for all Equality between women and men Equality for all people and diverse groups in our society Valued and strong communities with a vibrant civil society An environment that is protected renewed and made available for futuregenerations We call on the people of Ireland to raise our heads to reclaim our voice our rights and our dignity and to pledge support to this Declaration for A New Republic A New Ireland Be part of this this is a Call for RESPONSES to the Emerging Declaration above Decide on the focus and structure of the discussion Some core questions for discussion ONLINE FEEDBACK Your Vision and Hopes for an Ireland based on the values outlined above What is your reaction to the Emerging Declaration and the other ideas in this section What is most

    Original URL path: http://www.claimingourfuture.ie/events/latest/2014/11/26/the-call-for-responses-to-a-declaration-for-a-new/ (2015-10-30)
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  • Declaration for a New Ireland Milestones » News » Latest Events » Claiming our Future
    meetings Summer 2015 Draft document will be collated by the working group considering all submissions made by people and groups over the country September October General Assembly Culmination Event to finalise the Declaration working title The Future starts now October 2015 Future News special edition The Declaration is launched 2016 Lots of campaigning activities to support the Declaration Events Past Events News Other News October 2015 September 2015 May 2015

    Original URL path: http://www.claimingourfuture.ie/events/latest/2014/11/26/declaration-for-a-new-ireland-milestones/ (2015-10-30)
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  • Update - Declaration for a New Republic/ a New Ireland. » News » Latest Events » Claiming our Future
    over Ireland to create the content for the Declaration in meetings or online January June 2015 encourage you to produce your own Future News during 2015 based on the outcomes of your submissions for the Declaration We are offering to help you to produce these News in Media Workshops around the country January June 2015 and mobilise to a big assembly in autumn 2015 to agree on the final Declaration A special edition of the Future News will announce the New Republic in autumn 2015 We will then campaign to get more support for the Declaration throughout 2016 The project will be launched end of January 2015 with an initial episode of the FutureNews to help you mobilise people for a discussion on the submission for the Declaration and Media Workshops starting all over the country Get in touch now Please get in touch with us if you are planning to organise a local meeting to discuss the content of the Declaration from February 2015 Also get in touch if you are interested in hosting one of the ten Media Workshops we are offering to produce your own Future News Looking forward to working with you to create the New

    Original URL path: http://www.claimingourfuture.ie/events/latest/2014/11/15/update-declaration-for-a-new-republic-a-new-irelan/ (2015-10-30)
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  • Latest Financial Transaction Tax update » News » Latest Events » Claiming our Future
    hedge funds to avoid paying the UK Stamp Duty on the sale of shares This is a breakthrough as the Labour party leadership has so far refused to publicly back any expansion or support for transaction taxes despite widespread support from the grass roots of the party and many MPs An amazing 63 local councils across the UK most of them Labour controlled have passed motions in support of the Robin Hood Tax Finance voices speaking in favour of the FTT George Osborne has argued that the EU FTT is a tax on jobs it s a tax on investment it s a tax on people s pensions and pensioners ix Here the UK Chancellor is broadly echoing similar pronouncements from the financial lobby And yet leading financiers have lined up to condemn these arguments Jack Gray formerly Chief Investment Officer at one of Australia s pension funds has written that an FTT which nudges funds further in the direction of longer term strategies and which reduces de stabilising elements such as high frequency traders while not significantly harming liquidity is of real benefit to the sector x Lord Myners former Chief Executive of pension fund manager the Gartmore Group has also argued that a sensibly constructed FTT would actually be of benefit to pension funds That is to say it would calm down the excessive trading and deal making that represents a significant cost to pension funds In an environment in which trading was significantly diminished by a sensibly constructed tax the net cost of the tax would be lower than the net gain of excessive trading xi John Fullerton former Managing Director at JP Morgan has noted that the FTT is a proven revenue raiser and a laser sharp policy intervention that helps combat the negative effect on the wider economy by a financial sector ridden by corrosive speculation xii Here he echoes over 50 leading financiers and executives formerly of Goldman Sachs Lehman Brothers the Chicago Stock Exchange and other leading institutions who have argued that a modest transaction tax will actually improve the functioning of markets xiii Avinash Persaud former Head of Currency at JP Morgan has also written in the Financial Times that believers in the true purpose of finance the funding of genuine economic activity should embrace the FTT The impact of a tax of EU FTT levels would be no more pernicious than if the spread between the buying and selling prices given by market makers for many stocks returned to where they were about a decade ago xiv Thus whilst elements of the media express the line given by the financial lobby there are significant voices in the financial sector arguing precisely the opposite Many endorse the New York Times 4 April claim that the FTT would raise much needed revenue from an undertaxed sector and foster greater income equality It would also curb speculation making the banking system more stable xv Allocation of FTT revenues to Development and Climate Change Campaigners

    Original URL path: http://www.claimingourfuture.ie/events/latest/2014/11/11/latest-financial-transaction-tax-update/ (2015-10-30)
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