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# Budget 2021

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# Social Protection
Christmas payment will be paid to 1.4 million social welfare recipients next week
The cost of this year’s Christmas payment will be €313 million.
Voices
Eoin McGee: We will have the power to kickstart the economy
Eoin McGee runs the numbers in the wake of Budget 2021 and says Ireland’s savers will need to step up after Level 5 to bring the economy back to life.
Voices
Paul Murphy: The case is growing for a ‘Covid Tax’ on the rich to avoid future austerity
RISE TD Paul Murphy is part of a new Europe-wide campaign for a ‘Covid Tax’, to avoid saddling people with years of austerity after the pandemic.
# Budget 2021
New cost rental scheme will mean tenants could pay 25% to 30% below market rents, says minister
The cost rental scheme will deliver 400 homes.
Voices
What does Budget 2021 mean for you? Financial planner Eoin McGee has some answers
Eoin McGee looks at yesterday’s budget and breaks down what it means for some members of the workforce.
# Budget 2021
Morning Memo: The morning after a bonanza Budget and spotlight on the IMF's latest global forecast
Few big ideas but the government tried to treat the symptoms in Budget 2021.
# Budget 2021
Tánaiste indicates PUP may not be cut in February if pandemic doesn't improve
The PUP is set to be cut again in February with the rate of payment due to be reduced from €250 to €203.
# Budget 2021
Stay and Spend Scheme 'here to stay', say ministers
Sinn Féin has called for vouchers to be given to people to spend in restaurants.
# COME WHAT MAY
Billions set aside to deal with Covid-19 fallout next year
Contingency money and a recovery fund of over €5bn has been put aside for next year.
# in your pocket
Budget 2021: What measures kick in today?
A number of changes have already kicked in since yesterday’s announcement.
# Budget 2021
Explainer: How will motorists be affected by today's Budget announcements?
A major overhaul of the VRT system was announced in today’s Budget.
# Budget 2021
Opposition TDs hit out at lack of 'certainty and hope' but minister says 'there's no crystal ball for the pandemic'
This afternoon, the government unveiled its Budget for 2021.
# Budget 2021
Leo Varadkar says 'third wave' considerations played into €5.4 billion contingency funding
Varadkar also said that any decision on whether the country would move to a Level 4 lockdown would be taken on Friday.
# Budget 2021
How the 2021 Budget will impact social welfare payments
The government released its €17.75 billion Budget package earlier today.
# Budget 2021
Explainer: How will the government's new Covid support scheme for businesses work?
Applications for the scheme will open next week.
# main points
Budget 2021: Here are the main points you need to know
The government has revealed the biggest budget in the history of the State. How does it affect you?
# Pubs
Supports in Budget will bring 'some degree of confidence' to publicans, Vintners Federation says
Paschal Donohoe announced the various reliefs for the hospitality sector today.
AS IT HAPPENED
Budget 2021 Rebate scheme for Covid-hit businesses and Christmas bonus for those on PUP
The largest Budget in the history of the State was revealed today.
# Budget 2021
Third-level students: €50 million fund created to help students switch to online learning
SUSI grant to be increased for post-graduate students.
# Budget 2021
Primary school pupil-teacher ratio 'to be reduced by one student per class'
The government has promised an average ratio of 25:1.
# Budget 2021
35,000 more children to get hot meals at school thanks to €5.5m boost
It was announced in the Budget speech by the Finance Minister today.
# new officers
Over 600 new garda recruits and 500 new garda staff promised in Budget 2021
The garda’s IT system is also due an upgrade.
# Budget 2021
'We must grasp the nettle': The health service is getting an unprecedented €4bn boost
The funding allows for hundreds of new beds.
# PUP
Self-employed people to be allowed claim Covid-19 welfare payment while earning through work
The measure was announced as part of Budget 2021 today.
# Budget 2021
Social housing: Government pledges €500 million to build 9,500 new units next year
Michael McGrath said the State “needs to place a much greater emphasis” on directly building social and affordable housing.
# PUP
Most people on the Pandemic Unemployment Payment will get a Christmas bonus
The announcement that those on the PUP in December will receive a Christmas bonus was part of Budget 2021 announced today.
# Budget 2021
Carbon tax: Petrol and diesel prices set to increase from midnight tonight
The changes were announced by Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe this afternoon.
# Smokes
The price of a packet of cigarettes is going up by 50 cent
It’s the fifth Budget in a row to see the price increase by that amount.
# Budget 2021
VAT reduction for hospitality sector and weekly rebates for businesses closed at Level 3 or higher
Paschal Donohoe announced the various reliefs today.
# Your Say
Poll: Are you worried about the Budget?
No income tax increases or cuts are expected, but tweaks to the Pandemic Unemployment Payment (PUP) are on the cards.
# Budget Day
Incomings and outgoings: Here is a very (very) basic guide to the State's finances
How has Covid hit the State coffers so far?
# new normal
Budget 2021 will be revealed today - here's a look at how things will unfold
Today the biggest budget in the history of the State will be revealed – here’s what we know.
# Budget 2021
Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil (and the Greens) finalise their first Budget as coalition partners
The Budget will be delivered by ministers Paschal Donohoe and Michael McGrath.
Voices
Opinion: Stop diverting funding allocated for eating disorders to other areas
The Mental Health Reform are calling on the Government to spend the money for eating disorder services on eating disorder services.
# live performances
Support package worth millions for live gigs and music industry to form part of Budget
Live music venues, big and small, will be able to apply for a minimum of €10,000 under the scheme,
# Budget 2021
Just a few days out from the Budget, what can we expect?
All will be revealed on Tuesday.
# Budget 2021
Finance Minister issues stark warning about what Level 5 would mean for unemployment
Paschal Donohoe says this is his greatest concern in relation to possible restrictions.
# Budget 2021
Plans to 'reverse PUP cuts and double investment in housing': Sinn Féin launches alternative Budget
Sinn Féin said it would aim to spend €18.28 billion in total, €6.28 billion more than the government’s target.
# Budget 2021
Call for PUP recipients under 25 to have higher rate of payment restored
More than 210,000 people received the payment for the week ending 3 October.
# emergencies only
Government raids €1.5bn rainy day fund for Budget 2021
The fund can only used to mitigate severe events – such as a pandemic.