Thursday, 5 December 2019

Questions (98)

Róisín Shortall


98. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform further to Parliamentary Question No. 88 of 24 October 2019, the Department or State agency which commissioned official promotional material in respect of budget 2020 which was widely promoted on social media after the budget; the costs involved; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50861/19]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

I wish to advise the Deputy that all Budget 2020 promotional material used by my Department on social media, photography and infographics were produced and managed by the staff of the Department's Press Office, and did not incur any additional costs. Additionally, no Budget 2020 promotional material was produced by the bodies under the aegis of my Department. The position in respect of other Departments and bodies under their aegis should be the subject of separate questions to the relevant Ministers.

The Deputy may wish to note that The Budget in Brief: A Citizen’s Guide to Budget 2020 was published for the first time this year on Budget Day. This new publication is a user-friendly booklet that explains the budget using a simple format and clear language. The Guide was designed and produced by a team within my Department and was informed by work highlighting that publication of a citizen’s guide is identified as good practice in the international fiscal transparency initiative. The Guide was published online and a copy of The Budget in Brief has been sent to each post-primary school in the country, as the information may be of use in facilitating discussions with students around the Budget and in fostering an interest in public policy making more generally. The associated costs for the production of this Guide was a printing cost of €428.45 and circulation incurred a postage cost of €695.40.