Budget 2018: All You Need To Know

Budget 2018: All You Need To Know

There will be 1,300 more posts in schools next year and the pupil-to-teacher ratio will reduce to 26:1.

€ 1.83 billion has been announced for housing in 2018.

€500 million for direct build programme which will be responsible for 3,000 new social houses by 2021.

-An extra €149 million will be spent on the HAP scheme to support an additional 17,000 households.

-USC rate reduced to 2 percent for those earning between €13,000 and €19,372, and reduced to 4.75 percent for those earning over €19,372.

Welfare rates are to increase by 5 euro and the USC is being cut.

An additional 1,800 staff in frontline services across acute, mental health, disability, primary and community care sectors.

Spending on health has been increased by €685m, bringing total funding to nearly €15.3bn for 2018, reflecting an nearly 5% increase, the minister said.

1,000 extra special needs teachers will have been employed by Sept 2018, bringing the total to 15,000.

Entry point for single earners to be charged the higher rate of tax increases from 33,800 to 34,550.

A sugar tax from April 2018 will see an extra 30 cent (26p) per litre of tax on drinks with over 8g of sugar per 100ml.

Varadkar knows that with the agreement with their main rivals to back the minority administration set to expire in just over a year's time, the small boosts will likely be the last to filter through to voters' pay packets before the next election.

-Additional 800 Gardai to be recruited next year. And while the Child Benefit payment is not expected to increase, free childcare hours for toddlers will be made available.

There will be no savings in PRSI or income tax.

For the self-employed, the earned income credit will increase by €200 (£178), bringing it to €1,150 (£1,128) per year from next year.

There'll be a 0% benefit in kind on electric vehicles.

Mr Donohoe said: "This Budget achieves sustainable and affordable tax reform, delivers improvements in services, and ensures increased investment in our national infrastructure".