Budget 2022 Ireland: 50c increase on cigarettes expected but € 5 increase in pensions
A 50-cent hike on cigarettes and a 28 million euro stimulus package to provide free contraception to women are likely to be two of the key measures announced in Tuesday’s budget.
Other expected changes include a supplement of € 5 in the state pension as well as an increase in all basic social benefits.
It is also likely that additional funding will be provided for the fuel allowance to further help households cope with rising energy costs.
And around 500,000 people working at home are also expected to benefit from measures that would allow households to recover up to 30% of their electricity bills.
The suggested budget increase would relate to monthly heating, electricity and broadband costs.
There will also be changes in the tax brackets that will allow two-thirds of employees to keep a higher percentage of their salary. However, diesel and gasoline prices, which are already at their highest level in seven years, are expected to rise again due to an increase in the carbon tax.
Junior Transport Minister Hildegarde Naughton insisted on Saturday that supporting regional airports and attracting international visitors will be a key priority when asked about a € 90million report.
financial aid package.
She told Katie Hannon of RTE Radio 1: “These are Donegal Airport, Kerry Airport, West Ireland Airport, Knock as well as Cork and Shannon and, well. safe, from Dublin Airport.
“And what we want to do is make sure, and this is the government’s priority, that we get international tourism back to Ireland.”
“This is particularly important for regions where Ireland and
I guess America, to get those transatlantic flights back on track. ”
Elsewhere, Health Minister Stephen Donnelly insisted on Saturday that the country must dramatically increase the number of medical specialists in the system.
He told the Irish Hospital Consultants Association annual conference that the country needs many more qualified people in this field and there are currently 250 vacant positions.
Minister Donnelly also noted that there were “far too” others filled on a non-permanent basis and that a collaborative approach was needed between the public and private system.
He said: “We have to do things differently from what we have done in the past. We have to innovate and we have to be bold and disruptive in our thinking.