Budget 2019


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€20.5 billion to be spent on Social Welfare in 2019
Includes €361.6 million of additional Budget Measures

 

€5 increase in max. rate of all weekly payments e.g. pensioners, lone parents, jobseekers, carers, people with disabilities, widows - 1.47 million beneficiaries

Proportionate increases for people on reduced rate payments and for qualified adult dependants

€5.20 increase increase for qualified child dependants aged 12 and over, in all weekly payments

€2.20 increase for qualified child dependants up to age 12, in all weekly payments

€25 increase in the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance for each qualifying child

Earnings disregard for Working Lone Parents increased by €20 to €150 per week

Working Family Payment recipients to benefit from a new maintenance disregard

New Hot School Meals Pilot Programme for DEIS schools to commence in 2019

Daily Expenses Allowance (formerly Direct Provision Allowance) to increase to €38.80 for adults and to €29.80 per week for children

One additional week of Fuel Allowance (to 28 weeks) in 2019 – 373,800 households to benefit

New Social Insurance Parental Benefit payment to be paid for 2 weeks for each parent - to commence in November 2019

Self-employed to become eligible for Jobseeker’s Benefit from Quarter 4, 2019

€2 million increase for materials funding for Community Employment Scheme

National Minimum Wage increases to €9.80 per hour from 1 January 2019

A 100% Christmas Bonus will be paid in early December 2018 to 1.2 million recipients

  


Christmas Bonus to be paid to 1.2 million people this year

€264.3 million to be paid to long-term welfare recipients in December 2018

  • A 100% Christmas Bonus will be paid in December 2018 to recipients of a long-term Social Welfare payment (min €20 payment).

People in receipt of the following payments will receive the Bonus:

  • State Pensions and Widow’s/Widower’s/Surviving Civil Partner’s Pensions

  • Invalidity Pension, Blind Pension, Disability Allowance, Carer’s Allowance, Carer's Benefit, Partial Capacity Benefit, Disablement Benefit, Domiciliary Care Allowance and Guardian’s payments.

  • One-Parent Family Payment, Jobseeker’s Transition Payment, Deserted Wife’s Benefit and Allowance and Farm Assist.

  • Back to Work Enterprise Allowance, Community Employment, Rural Social Scheme, TÚS and Job Initiative.

  • Long-term Jobseeker’s Allowance, Supplementary Welfare Allowance, Daily Expenses Allowance (formerly Direct Provision Allowance).

Improvements in Weekly Payments

  • €5 increase in all weekly payments including all Pensions, Maternity/Paternity/Adoptive Benefit, Illness Benefit, Blind Pension, Carer’s Benefit, Carer’s Allowance, Disability Allowance, Invalidity Pension, One-Parent Family Payment, Jobseeker’s Benefit, Jobseeker’s Allowance and Farm Assist, with proportionate increases for people in receipt of reduced rate payments. This includes increases in employment programmes such as, Back to Education Allowance, CE, TÚS and Rural Social Scheme.

  • Proportionate increases in weekly payments for qualified adult dependants.

  • €5.20 increase for each qualified child dependant aged 12 and over, in all weekly payments.

  • €2.20 increase for each qualified child dependant up to age 12, in all weekly payments.

  • Jobseekers aged under 26 on a reduced rate payment to get €5 increase per week – 13,000 to benefit.

  • Daily Expenses Allowance (formerly Direct Provision Allowance) will increase by €17.20 to €38.80 per week for adults and by €8.20 to €29.80 per week for each child – 5,200 adults and children to benefit.

Families and Children

  • €5 increase in all working-age weekly payments, including One-Parent Family Payment, Jobseeker’s Transition Payment and Maternity/Paternity/Adoptive Benefits..

  • €5.20 increase for each qualified child dependant aged 12 and over, in all weekly payments..

  • €2.20 increase for each qualified child dependant up to age 12 in all weekly payments..

  • Earnings disregard for working lone parents receiving One-Parent Family Payment or Jobseeker’s Transition Payment to increase by €20 to €150 per week – 13,200 families to benefit.

  • Working Family Payment recipients to benefit from a new maintenance disregard of €95 per week in respect of housing costs, with the remainder to be assessed at 50% - an estimated 5,500 families expected to benefit.

  • New Social Insurance Parental Benefit payment to be paid for two weeks for each parent - to commence in November 2019.

  • Self-employed to become eligible for Jobseeker’s Benefit – to be introduced in Quarter 4, 2019. This is a further extension of social welfare benefits to the self-employed based on their Class S PRSI contributions.

  • New Hot School Meals Pilot Programme for DEIS schools to commence in 2019 – 7,200 children to benefit.

  • €25 increase in the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance for each qualifying child, increasing the rate to €150 for children aged 4-11, and €275 for children aged 12 years and over – some 145,000 families with 265,000 children to benefit.

  • Weekly Fuel Allowance of €22.50 will be paid for 28 weeks in 2019, extended from 27 weeks – extra week will apply to the current Fuel Allowance season – some 373,800 households to benefit.

  • Daily Expenses Allowance (formerly Direct Provision Allowance) will increase by €17.20 to €38.80 per week for adults and by €8.20 to €29.80 per week for each child, from week beginning 25 March 2019 – 5,200 adults and children to benefit.

Employment Supports

  • National Minimum Wage will increase from €9.55 per hour to €9.80 per hour with effect from 1 January 2019 -151,800 employees (i.e. 8.9% of all employees) currently on the minimum wage, to benefit.

  • Self-employed to become eligible for Jobseeker’s Benefit – to be introduced in Quarter 4, 2019. This is a further extension of social welfare benefits to the self-employed based on their Class S PRSI contributions.

  • €5 increase for Jobseekers under 26 and receiving a reduced rate of payment – from week beginning 26 March 2018.

  • New Social Insurance Parental Benefit payment for employees and the self-employed to be paid for two weeks for each parent - to commence in November 2019.

  • Working Family Payment recipients to benefit from a new maintenance disregard of €95 per week in respect of housing costs, with the remainder to be assessed at 50% - an estimated 5,500 families expected to benefit.

  • Earnings disregard for working lone parents receiving One-Parent Family Payment or Jobseeker’s Transition Payment to increase by €20 to €150 per week - 13,200 families to benefit.

  • People receiving the Back to Work Family Dividend will receive a €5.20 increase for dependent children aged 12 and over and an increase of €2.20 for dependent children under age 12. Over 7,000 families to benefit.

  • €5 increase in Back to Work Enterprise Allowance and employment programmes such as CE, TÚS and Rural Social Scheme – almost 40,000 people to benefit.

  • Threshold for Employer’s rate of PRSI will increase from €376 to €386, from 1 January 2019, ensuring they are not faced with extra PRSI costs because of minimum wage increase.

  • Additional materials funding of €2 million for the nationwide Community Employment Scheme to be made available in 2019. The scheme supports voluntary and community companies to provide local services for their communities.

Supporting Carers and People with Disabilities

  • €5 increase in the maximum weekly rate of Carer’s Allowance, Carer’s Benefit, Illness Benefit, Blind Pension, Disability Allowance and Invalidity Pension.

  • €5.20 increase for each qualified child dependant aged 12 and over, in all weekly payments.

  • €2.20 increase for each qualified child dependant up to age 12 in all weekly payments.

  • Domiciliary Care Allowance to be paid for an additional 3 months, where the child being cared for sadly passes away.

  • €300,000 to be provided to commission research in 2019 on the additional costs of living with a disability.

  • Weekly Fuel Allowance of €22.50 will be paid for 28 weeks in 2019, extended from 27 weeks – extra week will apply to the current Fuel Allowance season – 373,800 households to benefit.

  • Carer’s Support Grant of €1,700 per annum to continue to be paid in 2019, to benefit over 118,000 carers.

Improvements for Pensioners

  • €5 increase in all maximum weekly pension payments including State Pension Contributory and Non-Contributory, Widow’s, Widower’s or Surviving Civil Partner’s and Disablement Pension, with proportionate increases for people on reduced rates of payment.

  • Proportionate increases in weekly payments for qualified adult dependants.

  • Weekly Fuel Allowance of €22.50 will be paid for 28 weeks in 2019, extended from 27 weeks – extra week will apply to the current Fuel Allowance season – 373,800 households to benefit..

  • An extra €5 million is being invested in the Free Travel scheme in 2019, increasing the funding to €95 million..

  • An extra €5 million is being provided towards the TV Licence scheme in 2019, increasing the funding to €60.2 million..

 

Social Welfare Rates 2019

 


 

For more information check www.welfare.ie and www.citizensinformation.ie.

 

Telephone the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection on 071 9193302 from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday. 

Telephone the Citizens Information Phone Service on 0761 07 4000, 9am - 8pm Monday to Friday.

Contact your local Intreo Centre, Social Welfare Office or Citizens Information Centre.

This Fact Sheet is intended as a guide only and does not purport to be a legal interpretation.

Last modified:10/10/2018
 

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