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Budget 2023 was announced on 27 September 2022. You can read our summary of changes in:

You can also read a summary of the short-term measures that were announced to help people with the cost of living.

Vouchers for 3 free hot-desk days are available until 31 December 2022.

The COVID-19 Enhanced Illness Benefit has now finished. If you have COVID-19 or have been advised to self-isolate you can apply for Illness Benefit.

Third COVID-19 boosters are now available if you are:

  • 65 or older
  • 12 or older with a weak immune system

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Budget 2023 summary

Budget 2023 was announced on Tuesday, 27 September 2022. The Budget sets out an overall package of €11 billion. This is made up of a package of once-off measures worth €4.1 billion and budgetary measures for 2023 of €6.9 billion.

The overview of Budget 2023 is now available on citizensinformation.ie.  We will continue to add to the document as more information becomes available.

You can view a summary of social welfare changes in the Department of Social Protection’s factsheet which is available to download from gov.ie (pdf).

You can access a range of information from gov.ie’s Budget 2023 page including: 

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Budget 2023 will be announced on Tuesday 27 September 2022.

Public in-patient hospital charges for children up to 16 have been abolished.

You can buy a site from your local authority at a reduced price and build your home on it under the new  Ready to Build Scheme.

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The Commission for the Regulation of Utilities has announced measures to protect gas and electricity customers this winter.

The minimum wage will increase to €11.30 per hour for workers aged 20 and over from 1 January 2023.

Workers will have an entitlement to 3 days of paid sick leave from 1 January 2023.

All women aged between 17-25 living in Ireland are now eligible for free contraception and associated services such as GP visits.

From 1 October 2022, the maximum income limit for local authority housing for a single person will increase from €25,000 to €30,000 in Carlow, Clare, Laois, Westmeath and Galway county. 

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Fuel Allowance will be paid from the week starting Monday 26 September 2022. It will be paid for 28 weeks.

If you have been waiting for 3 years or more for a final decision on your application for international protection, you may qualify for the International Protection Student Scheme to help with the cost of going to college.

Successful applicants for the Basic Income for the Arts scheme were announced on 8 September 2022.

A new Employment Regulation Order for the early learning and childcare sector comes into effect on 15 September 2022.

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Leaving Cert results were released on 2 September. Get information on: 

Children up to 15 now qualify for the Universal Childcare Subsidy as part of the National Childcare Scheme

Taxis must now accept cashless payments. 

Details of who qualifies for a free flu vaccination are now available. 

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Leaving Cert results will be released through the Candidate Self-Service Portal at 10am on Friday 2 September.  You can apply to view exam scripts from 6 September at 5pm to 7 September at 8pm. Read about how to appeal your Leaving Cert results.

Second booster appointments for COVID-19 are now open for people who are:

  • Aged 50 to 64
  • Aged 12 or over with a weak immune system (immunocompromised or immunosuppressed)
  • Pregnant (from 16 weeks)

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We have a new section on the cost of living.

Dates and procedures for viewing your Leaving Certificate exam script and appealing your result have been updated.

The Travel Assistance Scheme for bus users with disabilities will be available in Cork from September.

The Citizens Information Board Strategy Public Survey is open until 30 August 2022.

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From 3 November 2022, companies could be fined for advertising properties for short-term lets if the property does not have the correct planning permission.

From 15 August, you can get a second COVID booster if you are 60 or over, or if you are pregnant (from 16 weeks).

The Regularisation of Long-Term Undocumented Migrants Scheme is now closed.

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You can now receive up to €14,000 per year for renting out a room in your own home without it affecting your social welfare payment.  This does not apply to short-term lets (of less than 28 consecutive days). It also does not apply if you are renting to an immediate family member or someone you employ.

New EU regulations covering the enforcement of certain family court orders across the EU are now in place.

Ukrainian refugees in Ireland can now drive on their Ukrainian driving licences.

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