Budget 2014 – in summary
Link to official summary of budget measures
Public sector numbers
- The minister for Public Expenditure & Reform, Brendan Howlin, announced that 2014 would see an increase in public sector numbers which he described as a ‘reform dividend’, and said this had been made possible by savings delivered across the whole of public service. Read IMPACT reaction HERE.
- As a result, he announced there would be some recruitment in schools, health services and gardaí in 2014. The minister is to publish a revised public service plan by end of this year, which he said would focus on “service delivery and outcomes.”
- Increased staff for the Garda vetting service, and new Garda recruitment programme next year.
- 1,250 new classroom and resource teachers in 2014
- No increase in class sizes in primary or secondary schools
- The Department of Education and Skills is to receive €5 million from the proceeds of the National Lottery Licence transaction to allow primary schools to invest in book rental schemes.
- Spending on the DEIS scheme has been ring-fenced with no changes to staffing or funding of disadvantaged schools.
- Spending on supports for children with special educational needs remains at €1.3 billion.
Taxes and charges
- There are no increases to income tax, the universal social charge, and no increase in duty on petrol, diesel, home heating oil or gas.
- There will be no increase VAT in 2014 and the air travel tax will be abolished from April 2014.
- Beer and spirits measures up by 10c, wine up 50 cent per 75cl bottle.
- All tax relief on ex gratia lump sum payments has been abolished.
- No changes to child benefit payments
- No changes to the rate or duration of fuel allowance.
- Maternity benefit payments standardised at €230 a week – a reduction for some.
- Single parent tax credit to be replaced with single person credit for principal carer only
- Medical insurance tax relief has been capped at €1000 per adult, and €500 per child
- A free GP scheme for children aged 5 and under is to be initiated
- Home renovation tax incentive scheme will give tax credit to homeowners carrying out works on their homes in 2014 and 2015