first_imgSpeaking in response to comments by the Minister for Public Finance Brendan Howlin over the weekend on the future of the controversial Universal Social Charge, Sinn Fein Finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty has called on the government ‘to come clean’ on the future of the charge.The Donegal South West TD said today: “The Universal Social Charge was one of the most controversial decisions of the Fianna Fail government. It is a regressive measure disproportionately affecting those on low incomes.“People earning as little as €77 per week must pay this charge. Indeed someone earning €100,000 a year is charged at the same rate as someone earning €16,016. Low income workers, including medical card holders, working lone parents and working widows, who were exempt from the health and income levies must pay the charge. “Labour and Fine Gael opposed the introduction of the USC in January of this year. During the general election campaign Labour promised to “ease the impact of the USC for those most adversely affected.”Mr Doherty said Programme for Government had a clear commitment to review the charge.But he added: “However, from comments made by Minister Howlin at the weekend it appears that the Government is abandoning both its pre-election and Programme for Government commitments.“I have submitted questions to the Minister for Finance this morning asking him if the Government intends to proceed with the promised review of the USC and if so under what terms of reference and within what time frame. It is time for the Government to come clean on the future of the USC.” DONEGAL TD CHALLENGES GOVERNMENT ON FUTURE OF SOCIAL CHARGE was last modified: June 27th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Pearse DohertyUniversal Social Chargelast_img read more