In terms of social welfare, rates are to be maintained in 2021.

Child benefit increases by 5 euro for children over 12, and €2 for children under 12.

The Carers Support grant is up by €150 to €1850 per year.

There's a €5 increase in the living alone allowance, and the fuel allowance is up €3.50 a week to €28.

The Christmas bonus is to be paid to those on the Pandemic Unemployment Payment , while self employed people on the PUP can take up some freelance work and not lose their benefit

The planned pension age increase in Jan 2021 WON'T proceed.





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