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The national minimum wage is now €11.30 per hour.

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.

All adults can now get their second COVID-19 booster.

Changes in mortgage lending limits are now in place.

The amount of money you can earn and still qualify for local authority housing increased by €5000 per year on 1 January 2023.

The price limits for the First Home Scheme increased from 1 January 2023.

The Low Emissions Vehicle Toll Inventive Scheme, which refunds tolls for some electric cars have been extended to June 2023.

New fixed charge penalties are now in place for:

  • €200 for the misuse of a disabled parking permit
  • €80 for illegally parking in an electric charging bay
  • €200 for breaching an HGV ban and entering a specified public road without a permit

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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.

You can now apply for the Fuel Allowance online. There are also new Fuel Allowance means tests for over 70s which take effect from 2 January 2023.

If you have a Local Authority Home Loan, interest rates increased on 10 December 2022.

From 1 January 2023, the income limits for local authority/social housing will increase by €5,000 for all local authority areas.

If you were eligible for a free HPV vaccine but you did not get it, you can book a HPV vaccine catch-up appointment online.  This applies if you are:

  • Female and aged 16 to 25, or
  • 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 cannot find an appropriate school for your child with special needs, new laws make additional provisions for your child. The Department of Education has published information for schools about providing for children with special education needs.

If you are doing an apprenticeship, you should check with your employer or local ETB if you are entitled to any allowances such as a tool allowance. You should also check if you qualify for employment tax credits and reliefs.

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.

New European Union laws have come into effect and mean that sale prices must also show the prior price. The prior price is the lowest price the goods were on sale for in the 30 days before the sale.

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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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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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