Budget 2013

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€20.26 billion to be spent on Employment Affairs and Social Protection in 2013

Net savings of €390 million to be achieved in 2013 rather than €540 million

€30 million of new spending on employment programmes and children

No rate cuts to primary weekly social welfare payments or pensions for 1.4 million people

No changes in the Fuel Allowance, Free Travel and Free TV Licence schemes



Older People

Household Benefits Package

New Spending Measures

€30 million will be spent on employment programmes and children

Spending Reductions

Net savings of €390 million will be achieved

Social Welfare Rates for 2013

View the Budget Factsheet in PDF (380 KB)

View the Minister's Press Release

View the Minister's Speech


For more information telephone the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection on 1890 66 22 44 (LoCall) 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday and the Citizens Information Phone Service on 0761 07 4000, 9am - 9pm Monday to Friday. Contact your nearest Social Welfare Local Office or Citizens Information Centre Information is also available on www.welfare.ie and www.citizensinformation.ie

Note: The rates charged for the use of 1890 (LoCall) numbers may vary among different service providers. This Fact Sheet is intended as a guide only and does not purport to be a legal interpretation.

Last modified:13/12/2012

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