Local Fianna Fáil Senator Thomas Byrne was not surprised by the latest CSO Quarterly National Household Survey figures. They show that households in the commuter belt/mid-east region, which includes Meath, have been forced to make more cutbacks than any region in Ireland.
Senator Byrne said “It is clear from these figures that household in Meath are cutting back on lifestyle and family life expenses more than any other region. Hard working families are among the hardest hit, it’s shameful that those people who work hard for a decent standard of living (and to provide a better future for their children) are amongst those who are suffering the most in the current climate.”
“These people have played by the rules every day of their lives but now find themselves squeezed between increasing taxes and falling wages, forced to sacrifice the family essentials they worked so hard for just to make ends meet. Something has to be done to relieve them of this terrible pressure. I am looking at a range of policy initiatives to help those in the “squeezed middle”. Fianna Fáil has already brought forward a package of reforms to help people in difficulty with mortgages and personal debt and we will be bringing forward more initiatives to help families being squeezed.