Giveaway Budget: GP cards for 430,000 people and €1k tax credits for renters

The measures are expected to be announced in tomorrow's budget
Giveaway Budget: GP cards for 430,000 people and €1k tax credits for renters

Michael McGrath, Minister for Pubic Expenditure and Reform, and Paschal Donohoe TD, Minister for Finance in the Department of Finance with Budget 2023 publication. Photograph Moya Nolan

Renters are to receive tax credits totalling €1,000 over two years in Tuesday’s Budget.

Those renting are to benefit from tax relief of €500 this year with another €500 to come in 2023, according to senior Government sources.

This is more than twice the €400 in tax breaks being discussed as late as Sunday.

Payments of up to €10,000 a month will also be made available to businesses to help them with energy bills.

Meanwhile, in another significant development, an additional 430,000 people will be eligible to receive a GP visit card.

The move will mean that, for the first time, more than half the population will have either a GP visit card or a full medical card.

The move would be a major step toward universal healthcare and will deliver significant savings for families who are under cost of living pressures, Government sources have said.

Earlier

Health Minister Stephen Donnelly has secured a multi-million euro fund to begin phasing in IVF from next year, the Irish Examiner has learned.

The measure is expected to be announced in tomorrow's budget.

Mr Donnelly had indicated earlier this year he hoped to fund the fertility treatment for couples in 2023.

It is understood this was a “top priority” for Mr Donnelly and is keen to continue to promote women’s healthcare.

The details on the phasing in of IVF are yet to be worked out with officials set to sit-down in the coming weeks to finalise how the State will roll-out the scheme.

This publication has also confirmed that all weekly social welfare payments are set to rise by €12 in the budget.

Recipients will feel the hike in their payments from January 2023 as Government sources confirmed the Coalition has agreed the social welfare increase.

It is understood the total cost of the increase will be €900m.

It comes as a 25% reduction in childcare costs has been agreed for 2023 and will form a central plank of tomorrow’s €10bn budget.

Elsewhere, there will be a €1,000 cut in third-level fees, along with a further €500 cut next year.

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