The social welfare changes of BUDGET 2022 will go into effect for thousands of Irish this week.
The Social Welfare Budget Package provides an increase in weekly payments for pensioners, people with disabilities, carers, single parents and people of working age with an additional increase for adults qualified and dependent children.
The annual cost of implementing these measures is more than 600 million euros.
From the new year, some changes to allowances will come into effect and prime interest rate increases €5 for the first time in three years.
Starting this week, all weekly social benefits payments to retirees, widowers and widowers, single parents, job seekers, carers, people with disabilities and participants employment program, will increase €5.
The Living Alone Allowance will increase from €19 to €22 for people with disabilities and those over 66 who are living alone.
There will be an increase of €3 for qualified child dependents aged 12 years and over and an increase of €2 for qualified child dependents under 12 years of age.
For households receiving two main payments, such as a contribution pension, the increase would be at least €10.
The period during which the Care Allowance and Special Care Allowance may be paid for hospitalized children will be extended from 3 months to 6 months from this month.
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nation minimumum wages will increase by € 0.30 to € 10.50 per hour while the Disability Wage Subsidy Scheme will increase by € 1 per hour.
Pensioners (for those aged 66 and over) will receive a €5 increase in the State Pension.
The income threshold for Fuel Allowance will increase by €20 from €100 to €120.
Some of the 2022 Budget Social Welfare payments will remain unchanged through the end of 2022.
From July, the Parent’s Benefit will also increase from five to seven weeks for parents of children under two years of age, and the July payments of Back to School Clothing and Footwear allowance will increase.
Budget 2022 changes to Disability Benefit income limits and Treatment Benefit programs will not go into effect until June 2022.
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Other key changes set for January include a 50% discount on public transport rates for youth under the age of 23.
Free GP care will be extended to cover children under the age of seven into New Year and Free contraception will be introduced to women aged 17 to 25, to increase access to dental treatment for those with a medical card.
The Employer Wage Subsidy program will end for new employers as of January 1.
A 2% increase is also planned for personal tax credits, employment tax credits and earned income credits for self-employed people.
These changes in the tax system will mean that someone earning €40,000 a year will see their taxes drop by around €435 a year.
And personal tax credits, employee tax credits and earned income credits will be increased by €50.
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The Drug Refund Program threshold will also be reduced by €14, from €114 to €100.
Announcing the Social Welfare Bill in October, Minister Heather Humphreys said it was the largest social welfare budget package in 14 years.
The Minister added: “The Bill would go into effect on increasing all core weekly payments – benefiting pensioners, single parents, job seekers, carers and carers. disabilities.”
https://www.thesun.ie/money/8126693/social-welfare-payments-ireland-january-2022-budget-new-years/ Social welfare payments increase for thousands of Irish THIS WEEK as allowances for pensioners, job seekers and carers increase