Budget 2008 - Children

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  • Increase of €6 and €8 per month respectively in the lower and higher Child Benefit rates.
  • New monthly rates are €166 for each of the first two children and €203 each for the third and subsequent children. (April 2008).
  • Increase of €2 per week in the Qualified Child Increase (formerly Child Dependent Allowance). New weekly rate is €24 (January 2008).
  • Family Income Supplement weekly income thresholds will increase by €10 per week per child (January 2008).
  • Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance will increase by €20 per child from €180 to €200 for children aged 2-11 years and from €285 to €305 for children aged 12-22 years (June 2008).
  • Additional funding of €2 million to extend the School Meals Scheme to more schools in the Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools Initiative (DEIS) (2008).
  • Early Childcare Supplement to increase by €100 to €1,100 per year in respect of each child under 6 years of age (administered by the Office of the Minister for Children) (Quarter 1, 2008).
  • Widowed Parent Grant will increase by €2,000 to €6,000 (Budget Day 2007).

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Last modified:25/11/2008

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