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# Budget

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# Child Benefit
The double child benefit payment of €280 announced in the Budget is being paid today
The Child Benefit is a monthly payment of €140 to support parents and guardians.
# budget 2023
Ministers announce payment dates for social protection supports introduced in Budget
A double social welfare payment will be paid next week while a double Child Benefit payment will be paid at the start of next month.
THE MORNING LEAD
Boiling down the Budget: Here are all the major changes in one place
A report by
Lauren Boland
It’s time to take stock of what the Budget brought, what it means for people, and how the country responded.
Now that we're a few days past the announcement, it's time to take stock of what the Budget brought, what it means for people, and how the country responded.
Here's where you can find everything you need to know about Budget 2023 on The Journal.
Varadkar 'does not envisage' mini-budget as Taoiseach but can't rule out further intervention
Explained: How can I get the most out of Budget 2023?
THE MORNING LEAD
Reader Q&A: From rents to tax to pensions, your questions about the Budget answered
A report by
Lauren Boland
We found the answers to your Budget questions, from the renters’ tax credit and fuel allowance to childcare and electric vehicles.
The Journal asked readers to submit their questions about Budget 2023 and received dozens of queries since Tuesday evening
We found the answers to your Budget questions, from the renters' tax credit and fuel allowance to childcare and electric vehicles.
'Energy payments help, but how much will our bills go up?': Your response to Budget 2023
Budget 2023: What measures have already kicked in?
# Budget
'Life is depressing enough': Why plenty of people aren't bothered following the Budget
Many people are disinterested or disdainful of the Budget’s political pageantry.
# factcheck
FactCheck: Is the renters' €500 tax credit just worth seven days' rent in Dublin?
The claim was made by a housing charity after the budget was announced.
# budget 2023
Minister hopes parents using childminders will benefit from cheaper childcare next year
Roderic O’Gorman says some childminders are concerned about what a new regulatory system will mean for them.
# Welfare
Core welfare payments increasing by €12 and plan for one-off double payments confirmed
A number of other social welfare measures were also announced.
There will be a double payment of child benefit paid out in November.
The Fuel Allowance is set to have it's means test ceiling raised, alongside a €400 lump sum.
The total package is worth €2.2 billion.
'Our citizens need help': Everything you need to know about Budget 2023
National Security: 1,000 new gardaí, and defence funding to include money for primary air radar
# take home pay
Here's what Budget 2023 means for your payslip if you're earning €100,000
Here’s a breakdown of how your tax will change.
# after tax
Here's what Budget 2023 means for your payslip if you're earning €60,000
You’ll be paying around €800 less tax under Budget 2023.
# up and down
Carbon tax to rise again next month - but impact on fuel for vehicles cost to be offset
The controversial tax will continue to increase as planned under Budget 2023.
AS IT HAPPENED
Reaction as Budget 2023 and package to tackle cost-of-living crisis announced
The Budget is being held two weeks earlier than usual.
# Cost of Living
'Our citizens need help': Everything you need to know about Budget 2023
The Government has confirmed a range of measures including tax band changes, electricity credits and social welfare increases.
# budget 2023
National Security: 1,000 new gardaí, and defence funding to include money for primary air radar
Defence will increase to €1.174bn which is a €67m rise from the 2022 allocation.
# Questions answered
Reader Q&A: Got a question about Budget 2023? Get in touch...
What would you like to know about the proposals outlined in Tuesday’s budget announcement?
# budget 2023
VAT is scrapped on newspapers, defibrilators and HRT but will increase for hospitality
VAT is being removed from newspapers, defibrillators and hormone and nicotine replacement therapies.
# in your pocket
Here's what Budget 2023 means for your payslip if you're earning €40,000
You’ll be paying less tax because of changes to the PAYE cut-off, tax credits, and the USC.
# mica
10% levy on concrete blocks to help fund mica and pyrite redress schemes
The levy is expected to raise €80 million anually and it will be applied from 3 April 2023 at a rate of 10%.
# Budget Calculator
Here's what Budget 2023 means for your payslip if you're earning €30,000
Changes to tax credits and USC mean you’re about to pay less tax.
# Tax Bands
Income tax standard rate cut off point raised to €40,000
The €3,200 rise in the rate will amount to €640 for most PAYE workers.
# budget war chest
Public finance surplus of over €4.4 billion projected for this year
Ireland’s finances are in rude health, even compared with projections from earlier this year.
# budget 2023
VAT on newspapers likely to be abolished, Taoiseach indicates
Government discussions about slashing the VAT rate are underway.
# budget 2023
Budget 2023: What can we expect in next week's package?
Next week’s budget is set to be split in two, with one-off cost-of-living measures expected to be included.
Voices
Analysis: Dysfunctional housing policy is failing a generation of renters
Economist Victor Duggan looks at the rental policy failures that have brought us to the current crisis.
# Budget
Varadkar unapologetic on 'Sinn Féin manifesto' remark about Commission on taxation
‘I hope we’re not in the place where you can’t say what you think anymore in politics.’
# budget 2023
Coveney says government is 'ruling nothing out' in response to cost-of-living crisis
The Foreign Affairs Minister warned “this isn’t a crisis that is going to go away quickly”.
# Think-In
Green Party believes being in Government is 'right thing to do for the country'
The Green Party is holding its think-in today in Co Clare as the Dáil returns from its summer recess.
# Energy Bills
Exchequer records surplus of €6.3 billion as coalition plots Budget to tackle cost of living crisis
It comes as the ESRI’s senior research officer said that 43% of households could be in energy poverty due to rising prices.
# Fiscal Advisory Council
Budget must be ‘balancing act’ between helping vulnerable and stoking inflation, watchdog warns
The Fiscal Advisory Council said Ireland’s economic recovery has lost momentum in recent months.
# Leo Varadkar
'I don't say it lightly': Housing crisis is a breach in the social contract, says Tánaiste
In an exclusive interview, Leo Varadkar also indicated the minimum wage is to increase.
Varadkar says the Government needs to have "another go" at fixing the housing crisis
Renters need more help, declares Tánaiste
However, Budget 2023 will not have all the solutions to fix property situation
# Age Action
Call for all social welfare payments to be increased by €20 as older people 'turn off heating'
Age Action said the State Pension should be increased by at least €23 in the Budget.
# Public Spending
Costs of climate action measures and Slaintecare not properly recorded, committee told
The pensions issue, climate financing and healthcare reform are the main challenges for Ireland’s finances.
# New Plan
Defence spending boost confirmed but doubt cast over several key reform proposals
A new high level action plan on the Defence Forces has been launched this morning.
# cost of living crisis
Budget aims to help 'most vulnerable' and the 'squeezed middle', says McGrath
Cabinet could decide next week to bring the Budget forward to the end of September.
# Cost of Living
Eamon Ryan 'wouldn't object' to bringing Budget forward to September
The Minister for Transport said the matter will be discussed at Cabinet next week.
# FEMPI
High-earning public servants to have pay restored, as Varadkar admits timing 'isn't the best'
The public servants due to have their pay restored include medical consultants, members of the judiciary and some CEOs.
# comparison
The good, the bad and the alright: Ireland's healthcare system compared to the rest of the EU
Our interactive graphs showing where Ireland ranks compared to other EU countries.
# cost of childcare
Parents paying nearly €800 in monthly fees per child in childcare, report finds
A new report finds that the average weekly fee nationally per child for full day childcare is €186.84.
# Inflation
Living wage proposals to be brought to Government before summer, says Varadkar
Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said indexing the tax bands further is needed now more than ever.
# energy costs
Govt to take further action on rising cost of living before October's Budget, says Varadkar
Varadkar said the cost of living was rising even before the war in Ukraine, and now it has only gotten worse.