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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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The Accommodation Recognition Payment (ARP) is now open for applications. This is a tax-free payment of €400 per month for people providing accommodation to refugees from Ukraine.

The Regularisation of Long-Term Undocumented Migrants Scheme closed on 31 July 2022.  If you made an application, you will be contacted with a decision.

Training and Employment Childcare (TEC) programmes are closed to new applicants. You can apply for support under the National Childcare Scheme

From 29 August 2022, the universal subsidy under the National Childcare Scheme will be extended to children aged up to 15.    

Local authorities can increase a single person’s Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) rate to a couple’s rate if you can’t find accommodation within the HAP rent limits.   

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Visa free travel to Ireland is suspended for holders of refugee travel documents issued by 20 European countries.

If you applied for the School Transport Scheme 2022-2023, you can request your ticket using the online Bus Eireann Family Portal before Friday, 29 July 2022.

Ukrainian students applying for third-level must apply through the National Student and Researcher (NSR) online application system by midnight, 2 August 2022 and submit supporting documents by 8 August 2022.

The amount of means you can have for the Household Benefits Package is the current maximum rate of State Pension (Contributory) including any increases that you might get for your age, living alone and dependants, plus €120.

The new Contact Preference Register is open for applications on www.birthinfo.ie. This was set up as part of the Birth Information and Tracing Act 2022.

You can now get medical lenses once every 2 years under the Treatment Benefit Scheme.

Applications are open for the new Vacant Property Refurbishment Grant.

Owners of certain vacant properties no longer need to show they cannot access funding to be eligible for the Repair and Leasing Scheme.

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Applications are now open for the new First Home Scheme.

An extra €100 Back to Work Clothing and Footwear Allowance will be paid this week to those who received their payment in the week commencing 11 July 2022.

The Sick Leave Bill has been passed by both houses of the Oireachtas.

Local authorities can now increase Housing Assistance Payment limits by up to 35%.

How rental income is assessed as means for the Fair Deal Scheme for nursing homes will change following the passing of new laws.

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