Budget 2015

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All existing schemes and supports fully protected for 2015

€198 million of targeted welfare increases and new incentives

New Back to Work Family Dividend to help lone parent and long-term unemployed families return to work – additional €1,550 per child to be made available in first year of employment or self-employment

€1.1 billion in total to be spent on employment supports in 2015

€1.97 billion for Child Benefit in 2015 - 613,000 families to get increase of €5 extra per month per child from January

Christmas Bonus of 25% of weekly payment to be paid this December to long-term welfare recipients


Return to Work Initiatives


Families with Children


Older People and People with Disabilities


Support for Water Services


The Water Conservation Grant replaces the tax rebate and social protection measures previously announced above.

For further information on the Water Conservation Grant please click: http://www.welfare.ie/en/pages/water-charges-and-your-water-conservation-grant.aspx

Christmas Bonus


Social Welfare Rates for 2015

View the Tánaiste's Press Release

View the Tánaiste's Speech

View the Minister of State's Press Release

View the Minister of State's Speech



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

Telephone the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection on 1890 66 22 44 (LoCall) or 071-9193302 from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday.

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

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

Note: The rates charged for 1890 (LoCall) numbers may vary among different service providers.

Last modified:12/02/2015