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An increase to the income limits to qualify for the loan to €70,000 for all single applicants and €85,000 for joint applicants
An increase in the maximum value of a home you can buy with the loan.
The Electoral Commission has been established. The Commission will oversee elections, examine constituencies, handle the registration of political parties and take over the responsibilities of the Referendum Commission.
Applicants without children for international protection are not currently being offered accommodation.
For gains made in December 2022, you must pay Capital Gains Tax by 31 January 2023 and file a return by 31 October 2023.
The closing date for CAO applications is 1 February 2023. Late applications will be accepted until 5pm, 1 May 2023. If you are applying for HEAR or DARE, or want to be assessed as a mature student, you must submit your CAO application by 1 February 2023.
The closing date for CAO 2023 applications is 1 February 2023. An application made before 1 February 2023 is free of charge. You can change your course choices online up to 5pm on 1 February 2023 free of charge. Changes made from 3 February 2023 to 5pm on 1 March 2023 cost €10.
If your child is aged 2-17, they can get a free flu vaccine at participating GPs and pharmacies until 23 January 2023. No appointment is needed.
You can now claim a tax exemption of up to a limit of €3,000 under the Bike to Work Scheme for cargo and e-cargo bikes. From 1 August 2020 to 31 December 2022, the limit for cargo and e-cargo bikes was €1,250 and €1,500.
Non-EEA fishing crew members who had residence through the Atypical Working Scheme can now apply for a Stamp 4. They must have a current valid IRP card granted under the AWS that expires on or after 1 January 2023, or hold a letter of permission under the scheme.
From 1 February 2023, the price of a standard domestic postage stamp will increase from €1.25 to €1.35. There will be no increase in the price of a standard international stamp (€2.20) or the Digital Stamp (€2.00).
On 9 January 2023, a new subsidised one-year pilot programme for a part-time local hackney service was launched. The programme will be available across 21 locations in designated rural locations where no full-time service exists.
Statements of terms of conditions of employment must now have information about probation periods. This must be included in the statement of core terms and conditions that employees must receive within 5 days of starting their job.
Statutory sick pay is now available for up to 3 days per year.
The nationwide network of Citizens Information Centres will close on Friday 23December 2022 at 1pm and reopen on Tuesday 3 January 2023 at 9am. You should contact your local centre directly to check the details of opening hours if you plan to visit.
The Citizens Information Phone Service will operate reduced hours over Christmas and New Year.
From 1 January 2023, you have a right to 3 days’ sick pay a year. This is called statutory sick pay (that means the legal minimum). Sick pay is paid by your employer at 70% of your normal pay up to a maximum of €110 a day.
From 23 January 2023, you will have the option to sit a 45-minute computer-based test to renew your safe pass.
The Christmas Bonus is normally paid in one lump sum. However, if you are getting Illness Benefit, your Christmas Bonus may be paid over 2 weeks between Tuesday, 6 December 2022, and Friday, 23 December 2022.
Male aged 16 or older and you started your first year of secondary school (including homeschool and special schools) in September 2019
From Friday 9 December, GPs will no longer refer their patients to a PCR test centre for COVID-19 tests. If you are a vulnerable patient, your GP can test you for COVID-19 at their clinic. If you have a medical card or GP visit card, the test is free. If you are a private patient, you will have to pay €55.
If you have changed gender and you want a name on your Gender Recognition Certificate that is different to the name on your birth certificate, you no longer need to show that you have used your name for 2 years or changed your name by a deed poll.
The Christmas Bonus will be paid with your normal social welfare payment from this week – 5 December 2022. The Bonus is 100% of your normal weekly long-term social welfare payment.
If you have been getting Illness Benefit for 12 months or more, you will get a Christmas Bonus payment for the first time this year. Your Bonus will be paid between 6 December 2022 and 23 December 2022.
Following commencement of the Consumer Rights Act 2022 on 29 November 2022, the Consumer category has many new and revised pages including: