Severity of budget starts to hit home

A week is a long time in politics.

A week is a long time in politics.

It’s even longer if you happen to be one of those left reeling by the swathe of hidden cuts and stealth charges disguised in Michael Noonan’s first budget as Finance Minister.

Whatever about the Government’s decision to row back on certain cutbacks in a bid to make its fiscal adjustments for 2012 appear more bearable, the overall package has left many asking ‘what might have been’?

But how, and more tellingly are the newly imposed changes likely to affect various groups, organisations and communities over the coming weeks?

This week, the Leader endeavours to ask that very question.

See this week’s Leader for a full analysis on last week’s budget.