Still waiting on an emergency response to trolley figures
Game on for Budget 2016, with the impending general election in sight. Last Friday, Tánaiste Joan Burton warned interest groups at the Social Protection forum in Dublin Castle that "the Budget isn't a parlour game in which everybody puts out what they would like".
Yet the same Minister for Social Protection has pledged a €5 increase for child benefit and there are noises about increasing social welfare rates for under-26s.
Currently, unemployed 25-year-olds get €144 per week, while 18 to 24-year-olds are expected to live on €100 a week, well below the poverty line.