Sugar tax expected in Budget 2018

Sugar tax expected in Budget 2018

"I was certainly very involved I would have met with Paschal every other day".

A total of €1.83 billion has been allocated to housing in Budget 2018, with 3,800 new social houses to be built by local authorities and approved housing bodies.

"We believe we are all one society, all part of a broad community and we are very connected in Ireland, it was important we had something for everyone".

Some social welfare payments are expected to rise by €5 per week, including the State Pension and Lone Parents Allowance.

€13 million increase in the Overseas Development Aid budget.

Funding has also been announced for an extra 1,800 frontline staff.

Mortgage interest relief will be cut next year in a move that will affect about 300,000 homeowners.

The Home Carer Credit is to increase by €100 in 2018 to €1,200 a year. The entry point for the higher rate of income tax for single earners will increase from €33,800 to €34,550.

He is expected to outline a significant increase in infrastructure with more spending on housing and transport; a tax and welfare package that will give more money to taxpayers, families, pensioners and people on welfare; measures to reduce the cost of living, with the average family being up to €600 better off per year after the Budget.

The Government has emphasised the fact that housing is a priority for them in their narrative surrounding today's Budget.

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There's also a new PvE based event called Junkenstein's Revenge , where you can shut down the competition in a spooky surrounding. There's 50 new cosmetics overall, on top of last year's offerings once again being available in the Halloween loot boxes .

It's the first budget for Leo Varadkar as Taoiseach and Paschal Donohoe as Minister for Finance and will have to first be passed by a Cabinet meeting this morning.

The level of stamp duty on commercial property transactions will rise from 2% to 6% with effect from midnight tonight.

He has also declared war on vacant site owners, with the levy on this doubling from 3% to 7% by 2020.

Meanwhile, funding for homeless services is to be increased by €18m to over €116m.

There will be 800 extra gardai and 500 extra civilians for the force.

€1.7 billion invested in special education, with more than 1,000 new Special Needs Assistants being recruited before September 2018.

The cost of social protection will be over 20 billion and in the last week of March 2018 all weekly welfare rates will increase by 5 euro per week.

There will be no increases in the duty on alcohol, petrol and diesel, although a carbon tax will be discussed next year.

But the Value-Added Tax rate on tourism enterprises remains fixed at 9%, something welcomed by Senator Maria Byrne, who said this will "help protect jobs and create further employment".

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