Budget 2023 – At A Glance

Budget 2023

Last updated on 28 September 2022

Your guide to Budget 2023

From Department of Public Expenditure and Reform; Department of Finance

Published on 27 September 2022

Social Welfare

Health

Childcare and education

Housing

Other measures

This guide provides a high-level overview of Budget 2023.

It aims to explain how money will be raised and spent in 2023.

Social Welfare

weekly social welfare rates will be increased by €12 for working age recipients

there will also be a €12 increase in weekly payments for pensioners

the Working Family Payment threshold will increase by €40

there will be a €2 increase in the weekly rate for a qualified child qualified child

there will be an increase in eligibility for Fuel Allowance

a €500 lump sum for families availing of the Working Family Payment , a €500 lump sum for carers , a €500 lump sum for people in receipt of Disability payments and a €20 increase in the domiciliary care allowance for sick children

Health

all inpatient hospital charges will be abolished

GP visit cards will be provided to those on or below the median income (340,000 additional people)

there will be a €2 increase in the weekly rate for a Qualified Child

the Drug Payment Scheme threshold will remain at the lower rate of €80 in 2023

funding will be provided to provide access to IVF treatments

free contraception will be available for all women aged between 16 and 30

Childcare and Education

there will be a Free School Book Scheme for primary school pupils from autumn 2023

over 660 additional mainstream teachers, over 1,190 SNAs and 680 special education teachers will be provided

the National Childcare Scheme hourly subsidy is to increase from 50c to €1.40

there will be a €500 increase in post-graduate contribution grant for eligible families

over 4,800 additional places on craft and consortia-led apprenticeships and 4,000 places on craft apprenticeship programmes will be supported

Housing

funding will be made available to support 8,800 new HAP tenancies and 800 RAS tenancies

9,100 new-build social homes, 5,500 new affordable homes for sale and rent and 6,500 new social homes will be supported

funding to deliver 37,000 home energy upgrades

Other measures

1,000 new Garda and 430 Garda staff will be provided

the 20% fare reduction on public transport will be extended to the end of 2023

a €1.2 billion package of supports for businesses hit by soaring energy costs

Budget in Brief

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Budget 2023

Department of Social Protection

1. Cost of living measures

2. Supports for pensioners

3. Supports for families and children

4. Supports for carers

5. Supports for people with disabilities

6. Supports for lone parents

7. Supports for jobseekers

8. Christmas Bonus

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Budget 2023 provides almost €2.2 billion in a package of measures that will assist people with the cost of living.

Cost of living measures

October 2022

Autumn cost of living double payment will be paid to most people who get a weekly social welfare payment including all pensioners, carers and people on disability payments

November 2022

€400 cost of living lump sum Fuel Allowance payment to all households getting the Fuel Allowance

€200 cost of living lump sum payment for pensioners and people with a disability getting the Living Alone Increase

€500 cost of living lump sum payment to all families getting the Working Family Payment

double payment of Child Benefit to support all families with children

€500 cost of living lump sum payment for people getting Carer’s Support Grant will be paid in November

€500 cost of living lump sum disability support grant will be paid to all people getting a long term disability payment

December 2022

Christmas Bonus double payment will be paid to 1.3 million welfare recipients including pensioners, carer’s and people with disabilities

Supports for pensioners

from January 2023 there will be a €12 increase in the maximum weekly rate of all state pensions. There will be proportionate increases for qualified adults and for people getting a reduced rate

new means test disregard for the Fuel Allowance increases to €500 (single person) and €1,000 (couple) for people aged 70 years and over

normal means assessment threshold for Fuel Allowance increases from €120 to €200 from January 2023

Autumn cost of living double pension payment paid to all pensioners in October

€200 cost of living lump sum payment paid in November to people who are getting a Living Alone Increase

Christmas Bonus double payment in December

Supports for families and children

double payment of Child Benefit to support all families in November

€500 cost of living lump sum payment paid to all families getting the Working Family Payment in November

the income thresholds for the Working Family Payment will be extended from January 2023 so that more families qualify for this payment. Working Family Payment threshold will increase by €40 per week regardless of family size

qualified child payments in weekly rates will increase by €2 in January 2023 bringing them to €50 for over 12s and €42 for under 12s

farming families – changes to Farm Assist means test from January 2023 to exempt income from Agri-Environmental Schemes up to €5,000

€12 increase in Maternity Benefit, Paternity Benefit, Adoptive Benefit and Parent’s Benefit from January 2023

means assessment threshold for Fuel Allowance increases from €120 to €200 from January 2023

€20 million increase in School Meals budget year on year to allow for continued expansion of the scheme

Supports for carers

cost of living double payment to carers in October

€500 cost of living lump sum payment for people getting Carer’s Support Grant will be paid in November

carers will also get the Christmas Bonus double payment in early December

from January 2023 there will be a €12 increase in the maximum rate of the Carer’s Allowance and Carer’s Benefit. There will be proportionate increases for people getting a reduced rate

qualified child payments in weekly rates will increase by €2 in January 2023 bringing them to €50 for over 12s and €42 for under 12s

means assessment threshold for Fuel Allowance increases from €120 to €200 from January 2023

half-rate Carer’s Allowance will be disregarded in the means assessment for Fuel Allowance from January 2023

Supports for people with disabilities

Cost of living double payment paid to people getting Disability Allowance, Invalidity Pension, Blind Pension, Disablement Benefit and Partial Capacity Benefit

€500 cost of living lump sum disability support grant will be paid in November. This will be paid to people getting a long term Disability Allowance, Invalidity Pension and Blind Pension

€200 cost of living lump sum payment for people getting a disability payment and who receive the Living Alone Increase

€400 cost of living lump sum Fuel Allowance payment

Christmas Bonus double payment to all persons getting a long term disability payment

Domiciliary Care Allowance will increase by €20.50 to €330 per month from January 2023

from January 2023 there will be an increase of €12 in maximum personal rate of weekly disability payments. There will be proportionate increases for qualified adults and for people getting a reduced rate

Domiciliary Care Allowance will be available in respect of children with severe illness or disability who remain in hospital for up to six months after birth

Disablement Benefit will be disregarded in the means assessment for Fuel Allowance from January 2023

€1 million expansion of the Reasonable Accommodation Fund to support people with disabilities in the workplace

the earnings disregard for Disability Allowance and Blind Pension will increase from €140 to €165 from January 2023

means assessment threshold for Fuel Allowance increases from €120 to €200 from January 2023

Supports for lone parents

Autumn cost of living double payment paid to all One-Parent Family Payment recipients

€500 cost of living lump sum payment to all lone parents getting Working Family Payment

€400 cost of living lump sum payment to one parent families in receipt of Fuel Allowance

double payment of Child Benefit (€280 per child) for all lone parents

Christmas Bonus double payment to all One-Parent Family recipients

from January 2023 there will be an increase of €12 in maximum personal weekly rate of One-Parent Family Payment. There will be proportionate increases for people getting a reduced rate

qualified child payments will increase by €2 in January 2023 bringing them to €50 for over 12s and €42 for under 12s

Supports for jobseekers

from January 2023 there will be an increase of €12 in maximum personal weekly rate of jobseekers payments. There will be proportionate increases for qualified adults and for people getting a reduced rate

qualified child payments will increase by €2 in January 2023 bringing them to €50 for over 12s and €42 for under 12s

Autumn cost of living double payment paid to all recipients of jobseekers’ payments, to be paid in October 2022

Christmas Bonus double payment to all people getting a long term jobseeker payment

Christmas Bonus

€293.7 million to be paid to 1.27 million long term welfare recipients in December 2022.

People who are getting the following payments will get the bonus:

Back to Work Enterprise Allowance

Benefit Payment for 65 Year Olds

Blind Pension

Carer’s Allowance

Carer’s Benefit

Community Employment

Daily Expenses Allowance (long term)

Deserted Wife’s Allowance

Deserted Wife’s Benefit

Disability Allowance

Disablement Benefit

Domiciliary Care Allowance

Farm Assist

Guardian’s Payment

Invalidity Pension

Jobseeker’s Transitional Payment

Jobseeker’s Allowance (long term)

Magdalen Commission Scheme

One-Parent Family Payment

Partial Capacity Benefit

Rural Social Scheme

State Pension (Contributory)

State Pension (Non-contributory)

Supplementary Welfare Allowance (long term)

Tús (community work placement initiative)

Widow’s, Widower’s or Surviving Civil Partner’s (Contributory) Pension

Widow’s, Widower’s or Surviving Civil Partner’s (Non-contributory) Pension

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