Extra child benefit, IVF and free GP care: Key takeaways from Budget 2023 2 months ago

Extra child benefit, IVF and free GP care: Key takeaways from Budget 2023

This year's Budget will see an extra €7 billion in spending.

Today, Ireland's Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe delivered Budget 2023 to Dáil Éireann.

Needless to say, the country was eagerly anticipating the Budget, with many hoping that drastic measures would be introduced to help deal with rising costs ahead of winter. This year's Budget will see an extra €7 billion in spending, while a separate cost-of-living package amounts to €3 billion.

Here are some of the key takeaways from Budget 2023.

Social welfare

Weekly social welfare payments will be increased by €12. A once-off double payment will be paid in October and include pensioners, carers, jobseekers and people on disability payments.

Free GP care

An additional 430,000 people will be eligible for a GP visit card. This will be means-tested and based on income limits.

Contraception

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The free contraception plan for women under the age of 25 will be extended to women under 30 by next year.

IVF

Publicly-funded IVF will begin next year.

Hospital waiting lists

A €400 million package aimed at reducing waiting lists for hospitals has been introduced.

Tax relief for renters

Those who rent will receive €500 in tax credits this year.

Energy Payments

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Households will receive three energy credits worth a total €600 to help with energy costs.

Schoolbooks for children

All primary school students in the free education system will receive free school textbooks.

Childcare Fees

Weekly childcare fees are to be cut by 25% for those on the National Childcare Scheme. Those working in the sector will receive improved pay.

Child Benefit

An additional child benefit payment will be paid this autumn.

Electricity payments

Every household will receive a €600 payment to help with electricity bills.

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