Several of the changes announced in Budget 2017 took effect from 1 January 2017, including changes to the Universal Social Charge. Some of the changes announced in the Budget come into effect immediately.

Others take effect from the beginning of January 2017 or later in 2017. Many others have to be finalised before coming into effect. Some elements of these measures may change when the legislation required to bring them into effect is enacted.

  • Recipients of Rent Supplement who are aged 18-24 and on age-related benefits will pay less towards the cost of their rent.
  • The earnings disregard for the One-Parent Family Payment and the Jobseeker’s Transition payment will increase by €20 per week, from €90 to €110 per week.
  • Carer’s Allowance will continue to be paid for a period of 12 weeks when the person being cared for moves permanently into residential care.

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Published: 17 November 2016