Tánaiste praises 'fair' Budget

Tánaiste praises 'fair' Budget

The Tánaiste and Social Protection Minister has said the Budget announced today is fair.

Joan Burton said families, older people and low and middle-income workers would all benefit from the measures.

There will be no reductions in existing welfare payments and supports next year, while there will be a €5 increase in child benefit payments in 2015 and 2016.

25% of the Christmas bonus is also being restored as part of the package of measures.

The Tánaiste said Budget 2015 marked a decisive shift.

"The economy is growing, unemployment is falling and confidence is returning," she said. "The first phase of our recovery as a country is complete, and we're now starting the second - restoring living standards for families, older people and low- and middle-income workers."

Statement by the Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton T.D. At Budget 2015 Press Conference

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