• How might the lowering of corporation tax here impact on the use of exploitative labour?

  • Lynda Sullivan

    Given that we do not yet have a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland we have no way to ensure that the budgetary cuts that we are seeing now and will see over the next four years will not negatively affect the realisation of social and economic rights for people here. If we did have one our representatives would have to make resource allocation decisions using a human rights framework and on the premise that there is a level of protection for our citizens below which we cannot fall.

    With regards to the lowering of corporation tax, if the Assembly took the 280 million that it would cost NI by cutting corporation tax (according to PwC http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-12128999) and invested it in initiatives that would sustainably boost our economy – such as Friends of the Earth’s Green New Deal (http://www.foe.co.uk/northern_ireland/campaigns/green_new_deal.html), we would benefit not just in the short term, but for many years to come. Not to mention the added bonus of not contributing to the destruction of our planet.

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