In accordance to the budget 2018 these additions will be put in place starting the new year:
• The free pre-school programe will be extended to provide a full 2 year service. • The Minister announced an increase in the earnings disregard for the One Parent Family payment and the Job seekers Transitional scheme by €20 per week. • The threshold for receipt of the Family Income Supplement is also increasing by €10 per week for families with up to 3 children. • The weekly rate for the qualified child payment will also increase by €2 per week.