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Lump sum payments for the following schemes will be paid the week starting 14 November 2022: 

Residents of nursing homes can keep more of any rental income they get from their principal residence following changes to the Fair Deal Scheme.

You can now register to vote or update the register at any time of the year. New registrations and updates to the existing register can be made online at checktheregister.ie.

The call for the current Back for Business programme is now open. The closing date for receipt of completed application forms is 6 January 2023.

If you receive a summons to appear in court to face a criminal prosecution, you must now also receive written information about your rights.

The pilot Traveller Apprenticeship Incentivisation Programme has bursaries available for members of the Traveller community to access apprenticeships.

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An eviction ban is now in place from 30 October 2022 to 31 March 2023.

The double payment of Child Benefit that was announced in Budget 2023 was paid today (1 November 2022).

Fines for some driving offences doubled from 27 October 2022.

New laws on tips, gratuities and service charges will come into force from 1 December 2022.

The Accommodation Recognition Payment for hosting Ukrainian refugees will double to €800 from 1 December 2022.

The Citizens’ Assembly has voted in favour of a directly elected mayor for Dublin. The Assembly’s recommendations and report will be sent to the Government before the end of the year.

Citizens of Belarus and Russia who have a visa for the UK can no longer enter Ireland without a separate Irish visa under the Visa Waiver Scheme.

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Most people on a weekly social welfare payment will get a double payment in the week beginning 17 October 2022. This is to help with the cost of living. People getting Illness Benefit do not get a double payment.  The Department of Social Protection has a list of payments that qualify for the double week.

There will be a double Child Benefit payment on 1 November 2022. This means you will get an extra €140 for each child in November. 

During the week starting 14 November 2022, a number of extra once-off payments will be paid: 

Carers who qualify for the Carer’s Support Grant will get a once-off payment of €500 the week starting 21 November 2022. 

The social welfare Christmas Bonus will be paid the week starting 5 December 2022. In 2022, the Christmas Bonus will be double your normal weekly long-term social welfare payment.

Applications for the SUSI student grant 2022/2023 close on Thursday, 3 November 2022. 

Planning permission is no longer needed for solar panels on the roof of your house as long as you meet certain conditions. 

You can now buy a digital stamp from the An Post app. 

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The lump sum of €400 to people getting Fuel Allowance will be paid the week starting 14 November 2022.

Applications for birth tracing and information can now be made on birthinfo.ie.

Junior Cert and Leaving Cert assessment guides for 2023/24, and application dates for the HEAR and DARE schemes are now available.

Complaints about judicial misconduct can now be made to the Judicial Council.

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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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