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The changes you need to know about from Budget 2017

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Members of the Gardai outside Leinster House on Kildare Street, Dublin today
Members of the Gardai outside Leinster House on Kildare Street, Dublin today

These are the most significant changes enacted by the Government in today's Budget.

Dole

Those receiving social welfare will receive an 85% payment on top of their regular receipt at Christmas.

It was further announced that all social welfare payments will increase by €5 from March 2017:

Cigarettes and alcohol

Cigs are set to increase in price by 50cent, seeing the cost of a 20-pack rise to €11.

However, there has been no increase in the price of alcohol as excise duty was left at the same rate.

Gardai

There will be 800 new hires in garda ranks next year:

USC

The 5.5%, 3% and 1% USC rates have all been cut by 0.5%.

Pensions

There has been a €5 per-week increase in pension payments.

Childcare

A new afforable childcare scheme means a subsidy will be available to parents from next September.

Sugar tax

From early 2018, a tax on drinks that are sugar-sweetened will be implemented.

Housing

47,000 new social houses will be built as part of a €1.2billion housing allocation.