Saturday 16 December 2017

Budget reaction: Middle-income family - ‘More money back in our pockets is positive’

Elaine Grace O’Sullivan and her son Kyle at their home in Co Clare
Elaine Grace O’Sullivan and her son Kyle at their home in Co Clare
Emma Jane Hade

Emma Jane Hade

The adjustment to the USC has resulted in more money in Elaine Grace O'Sullivan's pocket. The 34-year-old is a middle-income worker who is employed as an IT programme manager.

The USC adjustment will mean she and her husband can expect an extra €700 next year.

"That's positive. More money back in our own pockets is better than going the opposite way," the Co Clare resident said.

"The good thing was that the USC is positive for everybody. Because it is still relatively new, it is not something we paid all our working lives.

"If they gave more details on the plan to abolish it eventually, like a timeline, that would have been better because I think people just want rid of it."

While she warmly welcomed most of the announcements, the mother of 10-month-old son Kyle said it did not do enough to address free childcare.

"I still have to pay the full brunt of childcare. He is on a waiting list to go to a community crèche, which is cheaper than private crèches, I believe. We are on a waiting list, so at the moment we are paying the full price of a childminder," she said.

She also believes the €5 increase to the child benefit will not mean much to her, as the annual increase of €60 is just "a couple of weeks' nappies".

Irish Independent

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