OLDER people were one of the first groups given a mention by Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe in his Budget 2023 speech.
Social Welfare: At A Glance
He said they now have to spend more of their pension on heating their homes due to rising living costs.
Expenditure Minister Michael McGrath said government resources would be targeted most strongly at the social welfare system, in a €1bn social protection package.
He said a single pensioner living alone and receiving fuel allowance will get an extra €2,375 between now and the end of next year as a result of today’s announcements.
- A double child benefit payment for all qualifying households, the first to be paid in November. This is worth €140 per child, on top of the normal monthly payment.
State pensioners and welfare recipients
- A once off double week “cost of living support” payment. It will be paid in October.
This includes pensioners, jobseekers, carers, and those on disability payments.
- An across the board €12 a week increase.
- Christmas bonus to be paid in early December.
- Extra €500 for those in receipt of Working Family Payment. It will be paid in November. Working Family Payment thresholds will rise by €40 a week.
- €500 for those who qualify for carers support grant and people living with a disability in November. This includes those who qualify for disability allowance, the invalidity pension and the blind pension.
- Once off payment of €200 for those on living alone allowance. It will be paid before Christmas.
- Qualified child increase to rise to €42 a week for under-12s and €50 a week for over-12s.
- Top-up payment to participants on Community Employment, TÚS and Rural Social Scheme to rise by €5 to €25 a week.
- Domiciliary Care Allowance subsidy will rise by €20.50 to €330 per month, and will be made available to parents of babies who have to remain in hospital for six months.
- Funding will be provided for employers to access a higher rate of JobsPlus subsidy. This is for hiring candidates from disadvantaged and minority backgrounds.
Fuel Allowance Recipients
- €400 lump sum by Christmas.
- The qualifying income threshold will rise from €120 to €200. For over 70s, the weekly fuel allowance means limit will rise to €500 for single people and €1,000 for couples.