The Government is finalising Budget 2021 this weekend.

It's expected to be the largest budget package in this history of the State.

Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe revealed on Friday that there will be a 21 billion euro budget deficit this year - a huge sum but considerably less than had been feared.

Details of the new spending measures are emerging ahead of the big reveal on Tuesday.

The Business Post reports that Budget 2021 will see the biggest ever increase in health spending.

It's due to increase by 4 billion with much going to cover Covid-19 costs, but it will help fund a significant expansion in capacity, including 1,285 new acute beds.

The paper also says there will be a 150 million euro increase in funding for home care packages and up to 300 new hospital consultants will be recruited on public only contracts.

Meanwhile, a Christmas bonus for people getting the pandemic unemployment payment is on the cards according to the Sunday Times.

The paper reports that a new scheme to allow the self-employed to earn up to 480 euro a month and still get the PUP will also be included in Tuesday’s budget.


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