The carbon tax on fuel will increase by €7.50 from €26 per tonne to €33.50 per tonne. The effect of this increase will be to add approximately €2 to the cost of a tank of fuel for a patrol car and €2.25 for a diesel car.
Social welfare payments
There will be NO increase in weekly social welfare payments.
A Christmas Bonus of 100% will be paid in early December 2020 to people getting a long-term social welfare payment (minimum payment €20). The bonus will also be paid to people getting PUP and job-seeker’s payments for at least 4 months.
Payments to families (Income support)
The weekly rate for a qualified child will increase by €2 from €36 to €38 for children under 12 years of age. It will increase by €5 from €40 to €45 for children aged 12 years and over (from January 2021).
The One-Parent Family Payment earnings threshold of €425 will be removed (from April 2021).
Working Family Payment income thresholds will increase by €10 per week for families with up to 3 children.
Disability and illness payments
The number of waiting days for Illness Benefit will be reduced from 6 days to 3 days on new claims (from the end of February 2021).
The earnings disregard for Disability Allowance will increase by €20 per week from €120 to €140 per week (from June 2021).
€100 million will be provided for disability measures including:
- Supports and services for 1,700 school leavers with a disability
- A new innovation fund to support integration of people with a disability
- The resumption of day services
- Increased personal assistant hours
- Additional funding for respite services
No improvements to Childcare this was very disappointing to OACS Ireland members as many families have more than one child impacted by Epilim (Sodium Valproate)