Budget 2007 - Main Improvements


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€1.4 billion Increase in Welfare Support Packages

Budget Digest

Alleviating Child Poverty

Recognising Carers

Women And Pensions

Supporting Older People


€1.4 billion Increase in Welfare Support Packages

  • Total spend of €15.3 billion in 2007 to benefit over 1.5 million people
  • Payments increased by almost three times rate of inflation.
  • €1 in every €3 of Government day to day spending for welfare
  • Reform packages targeted at supporting pensioners, women, alleviating child poverty, rewarding carers, assisting those with disabilities and activation measures.
  • Lower rates increased by €20 per week

Budget Digest

  • Fuel & Energy Relief - Fuel Allowance doubled in two years to €18 per week in addition to over €50 million to protect vulnerable from electricity/gas price rises.
  • Disability Benefits - Full Disability Allowance extended to all resident in institutions. Funding for personal advocacy service. Disability Allowance capital disregard increased by €30,000.
  • Maternity Benefit - Weekly earnings threshold increased to €350 and new payment rate of €280 per week for Maternity & Adoptive Benefit
  • Bereavement Support - Widowed Parent Grant increases by €1,300 to €4,000. Bereavement Grant up by €215 to €850.

Alleviating Child Poverty

  • Investment of over €240 million in a range of measures.
  • Extra €60 million for targeted payments to families of 342,000 children
  • New standard weekly increased Qualified Child Allowance (formerly CDA's) to €22 in new targeted measure in addition to €140m child benefit package
  • FIS weekly income threshold raised by up to €185 per week
  • Increases (50%) of €60 and €95 in Back To School Allowance
  • Additional funding of €3 million to extend school meals
  • Earnings threshold for One-Parent Family payments rises to €400 per week

Recognising Carers

  • €107 million support package – including Carer's Allowance up to €218 per week
  • New payment of half Carer's Allowance to those with other Welfare entitlement
  • Respite Care Grant up €300 to €1,500
  • Carer's Allowance means test eased
  • Earnings threshold for Carer's Benefit increase to €320 pw
  • €500,000 for Carers' Associations

Women & Pensions

  • €60 million commitment to bring Qualified Adults (QAAs) to level of State Pension within 3 years.
  • First year increase of over €23 for QAAs over 66.
  • Pension QAAs to receive payment in own right and be paid directly.

Supporting Older People

  • Over 400,000 pensioners to benefit from increases
  • State pensions rise by €16 & €18 pw to €209.30 & €200 pw
  • Increases of over €23 for 35,500 Pensioner Qualified Adults
  • Companion Free Travel Pass extended for 66 to 74 year olds
  • Telephone Allowance Scheme to include mobile phone options
  • Allowed employment earnings for State Pension (Non-Contributory) doubled to €200 per week

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Last modified:05/11/2008
 

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