Weekly Rate Increases – effective from January 2022

— €5 increase in max. rate of all core weekly payments e.g. pensioners, widow(er)s, lone parents, jobseekers, carers, people with disabilities, people on employment programmes e.g. CE, Tús and RSS with proportionate increases for qualified adults

— Living Alone Allowance – increase of €3 to €22 per week

— €3 increase for qualified child dependants aged 12 and over to €48, in all weekly payments

— €2 increase for qualified child dependants up to age 12 to €40, in all weekly payments

Fuel Allowance – effective from 12 October 2021

— €5 increase for all recipients; €33 from 12 October 2021 – 400,000 households to benefit

— Weekly means threshold for Fuel Allowance increases by €20 to €120

— Jobseeker’s Allowance and Supplementary Welfare Allowance recipients may qualify for Fuel Allowance after 12 months, down from 15 months

Families

— €10 increase in the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance for each qualifying child

— Lone Parents: Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance – income threshold for single parent household now the same as that of two parent household

— Hot School Meals Programme – extended to a further 16,000 students from January 2022

In Work supports

— Working Family Payment – threshold increases by €10 per week regardless of family size

— Parent’s Benefit – increases to 7 weeks for children born or adopted from July 2022

— Treatment Benefit – for people aged between 25 and 28 to access this benefit, the minimum requirement of 5 years (260 weeks) PRSI paid contributions is reduced to 9 months (39 weeks) effective from June 2022

Carers and People with Disabilities

— Capital/Savings disregard in Carer’s Allowance increases from €20,000 to €50,000 from June 2022 — Weekly income disregard for Carer’s Allowance increases to €350 a week for single carers and to €750 for carers with a spouse/partner

— Domiciliary Care Allowance – will continue to be paid for children who go into hospital for up to six months (currently three months), from January 2022

— Disability Allowance: Wage subsidy paid to employers who employ people with a disability increases from €5.30 to €6.30 an hour

— Change in means band to benefit people receiving Disability Allowance at a reduced rate

— Employ Ability Service, employment and recruitment service for people with a disability, will now provide grants directly to those who qualify

— 100% Christmas Bonus will be paid in early December 2021 to 1.4 million people