Monday, 23 October, 2017

Budget 2018 provides highest ever spending on health and education

Budget 2018: All You Need To Know #Budget18: Minister announces tax reductions on income worth €335m
Marlene Weaver | 10 October, 2017, 19:04

Value-Added Tax rate for tourism and services sector is being left unchanged at 9%.

The threshold at which people enter the higher, 40% rate of income tax will rise from its current level of €33,800 (£30,242) by €750 (£671) for a single person to €34,550 (£30,914).

Paschal Donohoe has announced an increase in the price of cigarettes, and a sugar tax.

Mr Donohoe pledged €1.83bn his being allocated to housing in 2018 - a move which will see 3,800 new social units to be developed by local authorities and approved housing bodies.

All weekly social welfare payments to be increased by €5 (£4.47) starting from the last week of March.

Spending on health has been increased by €685m, bringing total funding to nearly €15.3bn for 2018, reflecting an nearly 5% increase, the minister said.

The main change for those on lower earnings is the drop in the Universal Social Charge (USC). A Benefit in Kind scheme for electric vehicles will be brought in.

He has also declared war on vacant site owners, with the levy on this doubling from 3% to 7% by 2020.

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Spending on health to increase by €685 million (£612 million), bringing the total budget for the Health Department to €15.3 billion (£13.6 billion).

Funding has also been announced for an extra 1,800 frontline staff. There will be more Gardai and the pupil teacher ratio will fall.

There's going to be more investment in An Garda Siochana - 800 new officers will be taken on in 2018, with 500 civilians also recruited.

More nurses and doctors, a reduction in prescription charges for people with medical cards and a sugar tax are just some of the health-related measures expected in today's Budget.

This means your USC payment next year will total about €237.

The home carer tax credit is to increase by €100 (£89) this year to €1,200 (£1,073) per year.

And Mr Donohoe said: "We can not hope to remain competitive if someone on a relatively low income and who decides to work a few hours' overtime has almost half that extra money taken in tax".

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