Budget 2008 - Main Improvements

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€900 million increase in Welfare Support Package

Total spend just short of €17 billion in 2008 to benefit over 1½ million people

Real value of all payments increased
€14 increase for contributory pensioners and carers
Payments to Qualified Adults of contributory pensioners will increase by up to €27 per week
€194 million improvement in child income support measures (including Early Childcare Supplement)
Respite Care Grant to increase by €200 to €1,700 for each care recipient
All other personal rates to increase by €12 per week
Fuel season will be extended by 1 week to 30 weeks in April 2008
Widowed Parent Grant increases by €2,000 to €6,000

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Last modified:25/11/2008

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