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FAMILIES

The annual Back to School Clothing and Footwear allowance will increase by €10 per child from next July. Parent’s Benefit will increase to €250 per week from January and in line with EU law, it will be paid for seven weeks (up from the current two weeks) from July 2022. Each parent can avail of the seven weeks of benefit during the first two years after their baby is born or adopted.

Budget 2022 will also introduce free GP care for children up to and including the age of 7.

The National Childcare Scheme universal subsidy will be extended to under-15s from September 2022.

 

YOUNG PEOPLE

Young people will have access to cheaper dental bills thanks to changes to the State’s Treatment Benefit scheme, which provides cover for certain dental, eyesight and hearing care.

Currently, young people aged between 25 and 28 who wish to avail of the Treatment Benefit scheme must have a minimum of 260 weeks or five years PRSI paid contributions on their social insurance record. From June 2022, this age group must only have 39 weeks PRSI paid contributions. 

Half-price public transport will be introduced for 19 to 23-year-olds. 

The student maintenance grant will increase by €200 from next September. A further 3,320 CAO places will be created next year.

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There will be free contraception for women between the ages of 17 and 25.

 

WORKERS

An increase in the standard rate income tax band as well as a boost to tax credits and a rise in the second Universal Social Charge (USC) ceiling – will put more take-home pay back into the pockets of workers.

A tax credit for remote workers will allow them to get 30pc of the cost of energy bills back for each day worked from home.

PENSIONERS

The fuel allowance will increase by €5 to €33 per week for 28 weeks – or a total of €924, with immediate effect from midnight on Budget Day.

This increase will be paid from early November and arrears due will be paid subsequently.

More people will qualify for this support too due to an increase in the weekly means threshold from €100 to €120.

The Living Alone allowance will increase to €22 per week from the first week of January.

There will be a €5 increase in the maximum weekly rate of all state pensions with proportionate increases for people receiving a reduced rate.

HOUSING

The Help-to-Buy scheme has been extended to the end of next year.

The pre-letting expenses landlord relief has been extended for three years.

CARERS

More individuals will qualify for the carer’s allowance – as the capital or savings disregard for the allowance’s means assessment is being increased from €20,000-€50,000.

 

SOCIAL WELFARE

There will be across-the-board increases to weekly welfare payments to pensioners, people with disabilities, carers, lone parents and working age people with additional increases for qualified adults and dependent children.

All weekly increases kick in from the first week of January 2022.

 

CIGARETTES

The excise duty on a 20-pack of cigarettes has been increased by 50c – bringing the price of a typical pack to €15.


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