The date for Budget 2022 is nearly here, when all of the changes to Ireland’s spending will finally be confirmed.
Among the many positive changes that have been hinted at are a boost for pensioners, social welfare recipients, and support for those struggling with the rise in cost of living as well as a boost for the childcare, aviation and tourism industries.
Aside from the many boosts expected in the upcoming Budget, those who are smokers are in for another price hike, as Ireland aims to be tobacco-free by 2025.
Here are all of the reported changes coming in Budget 2022:
Social welfare payments
According to Tánaiste Leo Varadkar, an additional billion euro is being pumped into a new welfare package that will help citizens with the increasing cost of living in Ireland.
He confirmed that it is likely those in receipt of the core social welfare payments will see a cash boost in the upcoming budget.
Meanwhile, Minister for Social Protection, Heather Humphreys says the government is focusing on those considered vulnerable.
It is expected that anyone receiving unemployment supports could be in for an increase of around €5 a week.
As energy costs continue to spike in Ireland, government has already confirmed it will be implementing supports for those struggling to keep up with their bills.
Minister Eamon Ryan confirmed earlier this month that “we’re going to have to look at similar and potential, other larger measures because for this winter, it is going to be a factor.”
The fuel allowance meanwhile, has already begun being distributed to over 370,000 homes across Ireland at a rate of either €28 per week or in two lump sums of €392.
The current allowance is expected to see a €5 boost, however this has yet to be confirmed by officials.
Pensioners are likely to see an increase of €5 to their weekly income in the Budget 2022 announcement.
This aspect of the budget has yet to be confirmed but has been marked as likely due to the fact that it has not seen an increase in two years.
The current rate is €248.30, but the increase was hinted at by Tánaiste Leo Varadkar when he said:
“One thing I do feel very strongly about is that we do need a welfare package in this budget because we see the return of inflation and the cost of living now is rising.
“Pensioners and people on fixed incomes haven’t seen an increase in two years now.
“If they don’t get an increase, actually their living standards will fall and as a party that believes in a just society, we can’t stand over that. We’re also a party that believes in rewarding work.”
Everyone in Ireland could be in for receiving a €100 voucher to spend on tourism and hospitality before the end of the year.
According to Tourism Minister Catherine Martin, it’s still in the negotiation phases, however she confirmed to the Irish Mirror that she’s fighting for it in the upcoming Budget as a way to ensure a much-needed boost for the industry.
It has been suggested that smokers in Ireland will have to fork out an extra 50c per box as officials are hopeful to have a tobacco-free Ireland by 2025.
A carbon tax increase, alongside the 50c hike on cigarettes is expected to yield €165m in total next year.
Around €10 million to fund free contraception for young women will be part of the Government’s Budget announcement on Tuesday.
And funding will be given for the recruitment of an extra 8,000 frontline healthcare workers.
The Irish Mirror understands Health Minister Stephen Donnelly has secured the funding and it’s expected the free contraception scheme will be rolled out from July or August next year.
A source told the Irish Mirror that women aged between 17 and 25 years of age will be able to avail of the free contraception scheme.