Budget 2024 Highlights

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Budget 2024 Highlights

Social Welfare:

  • Introduction of a pay-related benefit scheme that provides more support to those who earned higher wages while employed and subsequently lost their jobs.
  • A €12 increase in core social welfare benefits.


  • Increase in the Gardaí training allowance from €185 per week to €315 per week, effective immediately. The first payment date is January 1, 2024, with backdated amounts, potentially totaling €1,440 for those in training currently.


  • Minimum wage raised from €11.30 per hour to €12.70 per hour, an increase of €1.40 per hour.
  • One-off energy grant for businesses.


  • Continuation of free school books for primary school students.
  • Introduction of free school books for secondary school pupils starting in September 2024, with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd-year students receiving books free of charge.
  • Student grants increasing by €300.
  • Postgraduate students eligible for grants of up to €2,300.
  • Reduction of undergraduate fees to €1,500 for families with an income of up to €100,000, while other families will see fees reduced by €1,000.


  • Rent tax credit increasing from €500 per year to €750 per year.
  • Tax incentives for landlords staying in the rental market, possibly providing up to 20% in tax relief.
  • Mortgage interest relief benefiting 160,000 households with a value of €1,250.


  • Anticipated 25% reduction in childcare costs, with specific details to be revealed in early 2024.


  • Introduction of a new tax on vape products.
  • An increase of 50 cents in cigarette prices.


  • Reduction in the lowest rate of Universal Social Charge (USC).
  • Increase in the entry point at which the higher rate of tax applies to €42,000.
  • Slight increase in PRSI.

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