Budget 2023 - The cost of living budget
Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe has announced a Budget of around €11bn. As he delivered his Budget speech in the Dáil at lunchtime, Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe said that Budget 2023 is and must be, a «cost-of-living budget», focused on helping individuals, families and businesses to deal with rising prices.
Among the main components is a package worth €1,100 for pensioners, an increase in the higher rate tax band to €40,000 and a reduction in childcare costs of about €170 per month.
€1.4bn allocated to the new Business Energy Support Scheme (BESS).
The Budget, announced two weeks earlier than usual, will also see the introduction of a €600 energy credit paid out to households in three instalments to help stave off sky-rocketing energy costs.
Mr Donohoe highlighted the war in Ukraine as a major factor in the crisis currently being experienced, adding that Brexit could bring further challenges.