Budget 2005 - Main Improvements


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  • Largest ever spending on Social Welfare - up by €1bn (8.8%) to €12.25bn in 2005
     
  • Total spending on welfare more than doubled since 1997
     
  • Payment increased by three times expected rate of inflation
     
  • 1.5 million people will benefit
     
  • Four fold increase in Child Benefit since 1997
     
  • €14 per week special increase for lower payments - new rates €148 - €163
     
  • €12 weekly increase for Pensioners - new rates €166 - €179
     
  • €10/€12 increases in Child Benefit
     
  • €39 per week increase in FIS Thresholds
     
  • €1,000 Respite Care Grant - increase of €165
     
  • Respite Care Grant extended beyond Carer's Allowance/Benefit
     
  • Capital Assessment eased - first €20,000 of capital to be disregarded
     
  • Increase Maternity Benefit from 70% to 75% of reckonable earnings
     
  • €35 weekly to residents in institutions not on Disability Allowance
     

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Last modified:25/11/2008
 

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