The Social Protection minister said that she expects core social welfare rates to remain unchanged in the Budget.
Speaking at her Department's pre-budget forum this morning, Joan Burton said welfare spending was a vital way of getting people to spend money.
The welfare budget is set for a cut of €440m in October's Budget.
But the minister said that she is confident that the most vulnerable can be protected from any cutbacks.
"In the two previous budgets that I have been involved in we have had very detailed discussions," she said.
"The outcome of those discussions is that I have been able to protect the core weekly payments that people receive
"And I certainly anticipate and hope that I will have the support of my colleagues in achieving that this year."