Budget 2022: The good things Irish people can expect from welfare voucher schemes

The budget date is now approaching as we move into October, and more and more clues as to what to expect are emerging.

Over the past few weeks, a number of things have been suggested that will benefit the public, from PUP bonuses to an extra holiday and a potential increase in social benefits.

This week, more good news was confirmed in the form of a voucher that would be distributed to everyone in Ireland, to help the tourism industry after Covid.

The purpose of the voucher program would be to give the industry a boost when it reopens during the off-season.

Speaking at the first nightclub pilot event yesterday, Minister Catherine Martin told reporters the government is reviewing the idea ahead of final decisions which will be revealed on October 12, 2021.

This is the latest benefit that has been revealed, however, a full guide to what the budget will actually deliver will be kept under wraps for another 11 days.

Here’s a reminder of all the other things that are potentially on the way according to government officials:

PUP bonus

Those affected by the Covid-19 pandemic will see a 2022 budget bonus, according to Leo Varadkar who said the government wants to “ensure that workers are not left behind and employers are not overwhelmed high costs ”.

Those who have claimed a PUP or other welfare payments due to the pandemic will see up to € 1,860 “to make up for the service you have lost through no fault of your own.”

However, the proposed bonus for frontline workers in the form of a voucher and / or an additional holiday will not be announced in this year’s budget as Taoiseach Micheal Martin has said it will not be announced. was “not a budget day issue”.

Increase in minimum wage

Tánaist Leo Varadkar recently told Dáil that an increase in the current minimum wage is needed as the cost of living continues to rise.

This can be reflected in both workers’ wages and social protection rates.

Mr Varadkar said we need “increases in pensions and social protection so that people can keep up with the rising cost of living”.

The national minimum wage is currently € 10.20, but it has not yet been stated how much wages will increase in this year’s budget.

The group that estimates the cost of living in Ireland has increased its forecast from 60c to € 12.90 for 2022, depending on how much each person would need to earn to afford the essentials.

Fuel allowance

Minister Eamon Ryan said the government will seek to support those who struggle to pay their bills as energy costs continue to rise.

Payments for 2021/2022 began this week and were initiated by Minister Heather Humphreys who said; “The fuel allowance plays a vital role in helping tens of thousands of households pay their heating costs during the winter months.

“In recognition of its importance to so many families, I increased the weekly payment rate by € 3.50 in my first budget as Minister of Social Protection. “

Tax breaks for retirees and permanent employees

Leo Varadkar also indicated that an increase could be considered for retirees and those living on a fixed salary.

“One thing I am very attached to is that we need a welfare program in this budget because we are seeing inflation back and the cost of living is going up now,” he said. he told Morning Ireland.

“Retirees and people on fixed incomes haven’t seen an increase for two years now.

“If they don’t get a raise their standard of living will actually go down and as a party that believes in a just society we cannot stand that. We are also a party that believes in rewarding work. “

PRSI

It had previously been hinted that further changes to the employer’s PRSI would be unlikely after Varadkar said they could only be justified to improve benefits or to fund health care, daycare or education. affordable higher education.

Le Tanaiste said: “A legacy of the pandemic will be a bigger state. As business and corporate advocates, we must shape what that bigger state will look like.

“A bigger state doesn’t necessarily mean more taxes. Not when you have jobs, business and wealth growth.

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