The changes you need to know about from Budget 2017
These are the most significant changes enacted by the Government in today's Budget.
Those receiving social welfare will receive an 85% payment on top of their regular receipt at Christmas.
Donohoe: 85% of Christmas bonus to be restored for all Social Welfare recipients.— RTÉ News (@rtenews) October 11, 2016
It was further announced that all social welfare payments will increase by €5 from March 2017:
Donohoe: All weekly social welfare payments to increase by €5 from March. #Budget2017— RTÉ News (@rtenews) October 11, 2016
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.
There will be 800 new hires in garda ranks next year:
800 new gardaí will be hired and trained in 2017. #Budget2017— Independent.ie (@Independent_ie) October 11, 2016
The 5.5%, 3% and 1% USC rates have all been cut by 0.5%.
There has been a €5 per-week increase in pension payments.
A new afforable childcare scheme means a subsidy will be available to parents from next September.
From early 2018, a tax on drinks that are sugar-sweetened will be implemented.
47,000 new social houses will be built as part of a €1.2billion housing allocation.