Budget 2018


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€20 billion to be spent in 2018 for 2 million beneficiaries

 

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

€5 increase for jobseekers aged under 26 on a reduced rate of payment

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

€2 increase in all qualified child dependant weekly payments – 400,000 children

Income disregard for working lone-parents increased by €20 to €130 per week

Working Family Payment (formerly Family Income Supplement) thresholds increased by €10 per week for families of 1, 2 or 3 children

Back to Work Family Dividend will continue in 2018

National Minimum Wage increases to €9.55 per hour - will benefit 155,000 employees

One additional week of Fuel Allowance (to 27 weeks) – 375,000 households to benefit

New Telephone Support Allowance for 124,000 people living alone

New Youth Employment Support Scheme for young jobseekers

Enhanced JobsPlus Recruitment Incentive to hire older workers

A Christmas Bonus of 85% will be paid in early December to 1.2 million recipients

Extra 250 places for the Rural Social Scheme

  


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 those on reduced rates of payment – from week beginning 26 March 2018.

  • Proportionate increases in weekly payments for qualified adult dependants - from week beginning 26 March 2018.

  • A new weekly Telephone Support Allowance of €2.50 will be paid from June 2018, to people who are receiving the Living Alone Allowance, subject to the same eligibility conditions as the Fuel Allowance payment.

  • Weekly Fuel Allowance of €22.50 will be paid for 27 weeks in 2018, extended from 26 weeks.

  • An extra €10 million is being provided towards the Free Travel scheme in 2018, increasing the funding to €90 million.

Improvements in Weekly Payments

  • €5 increase in all weekly benefits and allowances including 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 CE, TÚS and Rural Social Scheme – from week beginning 26 March 2018.

  • Jobseekers aged under 26 on a reduced rate payment to get €5 increase per week – from week beginning 26 March 2018.

  • Proportionate increases in weekly payments for qualified adult dependants – from week beginning 26 March 2018.

  • €2 increase for each qualified child dependant in all weekly payments – from week beginning 26 March 2018.

  • A new weekly Telephone Support Allowance of €2.50 will be paid from June 2018, to people who are receiving the Living Alone Allowance, subject to the same eligibility conditions as the Fuel Allowance payment.

Supporting Families and Children

  • €5 increase in all working-age weekly payments, including One-Parent Family Payment, Jobseeker’s Transition Payment, Back to Education Allowance and Maternity/Paternity/Adoptive Benefits – from week beginning 26 March 2018.

  • €2 increase for each qualified child dependant in all weekly payments – from week beginning 26 March 2018.

  • Income disregard for lone parents receiving One-Parent Family Payment or Jobseeker’s Transition Payment to increase by €20 to €130 per week.

  • Working Family Payment (formerly Family Income Supplement – FIS) threshold to increase by €10 per week for families with 1, 2 or 3 children – from week beginning 26 March 2018.

  • Maternity Benefit to be extended to support mothers of premature babies (born on or after 1 October 2017).

  • Funding of €54 million for School Meals in 2018, up from €47.5 million in 2017. Some 18,400 extra children and 80 newly designated DEIS schools to benefit from September 2018.

  • Weekly Fuel Allowance of €22.50 will be paid for 27 weeks in 2018, extended from 26 weeks.

Jobseeker and Employment Supports

  • National Minimum Wage will increase from €9.25 per hour to €9.55 per hour with effect from 1 January 2018.

  • €5 increase in all jobseeker payments – Jobseeker’s Benefit, Jobseeker’s Allowance, Farm Assist and Back to Work Enterprise Allowance and employment programmes such as CE, TÚS and Rural Social Scheme.

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

  • Working Family Payment (formerly Family Income Supplement) threshold to increase by €10 per week for families with 1, 2 or 3 children – from week beginning 26 March 2018. 

  • Youth Employment Support Scheme – focusing on helping young long-term jobseekers back to work to be introduced in 2018.

  • The Back to Work Family Dividend will continue in 2018. There are 8,155 families, with 16,500 children, currently benefiting from this support. These families will also benefit from the €2 increase for each qualified child dependant.

  • Enhancement of the JobsPlus scheme to support workers aged 50 or over into employment. Employers will receive a subsidy of €10,000 to employ any long-term unemployed person aged over 50.

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 - from week beginning 26 March 2018.

  • €2 increase for each qualified child dependant – from week beginning 26 March 2018.

  • Carer’s Support Grant of €1,700 will continue to be paid for each person being cared for.

  • A new weekly Telephone Support Allowance of €2.50 will be paid from June 2018, to people who are receiving the Living Alone Allowance, subject to the same eligibility conditions as the Fuel Allowance payment.

  • Weekly Fuel Allowance of €22.50 will be paid for 27 weeks in 2018, extended from 26 weeks.

  • An extra €10 million is being invested in the Free Travel scheme in 2018, increasing the funding to €90 million.

Rural Ireland

  • Rural Social Scheme – 250 additional places in 2018, increasing overall number to 3,350.

  • €5 increase in the maximum weekly rate of Farm Assist, with proportionate increases for qualified adult dependants – from week beginning 26 March 2018.

  • €2 increase in weekly rate of Farm Assist for each qualified child dependant – from week beginning 26 March 2018.

  • A new weekly Telephone Support Allowance of €2.50 will be paid from June 2018, to people who are receiving the Living Alone Allowance, subject to the same eligibility conditions as the Fuel Allowance payment.

  • Weekly Fuel Allowance of €22.50 will be paid for 27 weeks in 2018, extended from 26 weeks.

Christmas Bonus to be paid to 1.2 million people this year

€219 million to be paid to long-term welfare recipients in December 2017

  • A Christmas Bonus of 85% will be paid in December 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, Domiciliary Care Allowance and Guardian’s payments.

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

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

 

Social Welfare Rates 2018

 


 

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

 

Telephone the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection on 071-9193302 or 1890 66 22 44 (LoCall) 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.

Note:
The rates charged for using 1890 (LoCall) numbers may vary among different service providers. These rates may be considerably higher amongst mobile network providers.

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

Last modified:10/10/2017