Budget 2012 – as it happens

The Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin has been outlining the government's spending plans in part one of Budget 2012.

1.45 billion euro worth of savings have been announced with the biggest cuts in the areas of Health, Social Welfare and Education.

CHILD BENEFIT

Phase out entitlements to higher rates for third and subsequent child over two years, Discontinue one-off grants in respect of multiple births.

BACK TO SCHOOL /  CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR ALLOWANCE

Raise the age at which a child qualifies from 2 to 4

Reduce rates of payment from 305 euro to 250 euro and from 200 euro to 150

DISABILITY ALLOWANCE

Raise qualifying age for entitlement for new claimants to 18

Align rates with jobseekers allowance for those aged 18 to 24

SNAP - ONE PARENT FAMILY PAYMENT

Entitlement will be restricted to cases where the youngest child is seven years, over the period to 2014.

Discontinue, for new and existing claimants, entitlement to two qualified child increases where a recipient is also on the Community Employment Scheme

Reduce over five years the earnings disregard from 146.50 to 60 euro per week

SNAP - REDUNDANCY AND INSOLVENCY SCHEME

Reduce employer rebate from 60% to 15%

SNAP - FUEL ALLOWANCE

Reduce fuel season by six weeks from 32 to 26 weeks for new and existing recipients

CE SCHEMES, BACK TO ED. ALLOWANCE

Reduce training and materials from 1,500 to 500 euro per participant per annum

Reduce the annual cost of education allowance to 300 euro

LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Reduce the local and community development programme by 8 million euro.

DEFENCE FORCES

Reduce defence forces personnel and other non-pay reductions to achieve savings of 17 million euro.

RESOURCE AND MEDIATION SERVICES

Reduce funding for family resource centres by 5%

Reduce family mediation service by 5%

SCHOOL TRANSPORT

Double the primary school child charge from 50 to 100 euro

Double the maixum family payment for primary children to 220 euro

STUDENT GRANTS

3% reduction in rate of student maintenance grant.

Introduction of a capital asset test from 2013

YOUTHREACH

Reduce to 40 euro allowances to 16-17 year olds on Youthreach, Community Training and Fás courses from 2012

PRIVATE FEE PAYING SECONDARY SCHOOLS

Increase in pupil teacher ratio from 20:1 to 21:1 in next school year

OVERSEAS AID

Cuts of 53 million euro to overseas aid budget

GARDA BUDGET

Cuts to payroll and pensions, overtime, travel and subsistence and maintenance of garda stations to save 79 million euro.

AVIATION

Reduce funding for regional airports and miscellaneous services to save 5 million euro

REGIONAL AND LOCAL ROADS

DISCONTINUE funding for Local Improvement Scheme for non-public roads in 2012