first_img Google+ By News Highland – October 9, 2018 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter DL Debate – 24/05/21 Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty It’s budget day with the government to announce spending for next year in the Dáil this lunchtime. It will be a mix of modest tax cuts and increased spending with a focus on housing, health and social welfare.There’s a number of measures aimed at tackling the so-called squeezed middle – with a large increase in the amount of people eligible for the affordable childcare allowance, cuts to the Universal Social Charge and the raising of the entry point for paying the higher rate of tax.There will be a 300 million euro affordable housing scheme and significant tax relief measures for landlords.There will also be a significant increase in the health budget with free GP cards extended to 100,000 extra people.While social welfare and pension payments are expected to rise across the board by 5 euro a week and there will be an extra two week’s parental leave from the end of next year.To pay for this there’s some revenue raising measures.The special 9% VAT rate for much of the tourism sector will end – being raised to 13.5 per cent.It’s understood a proposed carbon tax was dropped yesterday though diesel cars may be hit by an increase in VRT.A pack of 20 cigarettes will also be 50 cent dearer by the end of the day. Facebook Twitter Pinterestcenter_img It’s Budget Day – what can you expect? WhatsApp Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Harps come back to win in Waterford Homepage BannerNews Pinterest Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Previous articleMajor turnout expected for annual ‘Road Safe’ showNext articleHeavy rainfall for Donegal today & another storm on the way! News Highland last_img read more