Sinead Ryan: Making a little go a long way - why families will be fairly happy with Paschal
FAMILIES will be reasonably happy with the changes in Budget 2019, with lower income earners getting the largest share of an admittedly small pie.
They're used to making a little go a long way, and Paschal Donohoe spread his largesse thinly to cover a lot of ground this year. The increase in the Home Carer tax credit up to €1,500 per annum will be welcomed by stay-at-home parents, but as it only applies where one of a couple minds children at home, it often benefits better-off traditional families in the tax net, where only one spouse works.
Come next June, families in receipt of social welfare will get an extra €25 in the Back to School Allowance - it's never enough, but will go some way toward providing the books, shoes and uniforms children need. A pre-Budget submission from Barnardos asked for the free provision of schoolbooks at primary school level, but this wasn't forthcoming.