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Main Points Budget 2013

Story by Tom Kelly

Wednesday, 5th December, 2012 3:41pm

Property tax of 0.18% on property up to €1m and 0.25% on property over €1million.

Child benefit reduced by €10 per month

No increase on diesel or petrol.

Increases across the board on vehicle tax and VRT.

Extending carbon tax to solid fuels - €10 per tonne from May and €20 per tonne in May 2014.

No change to income tax.

10c on pint beer, cider, measure of spirits and pack of cigarettes, 50c on 25g pack tobacco and €1 on bottle of wine.

Social welfare payment will not be reduced. Duration of Jobseeker's Benefit to be reduced by three months

Student contribution in higher education will be increased by €250 in each of the years 2013, 2014, 2015

Prescription charge for medical card holders to be increased from €0.50 to €1.50 per item -monthly cap for a family increased from €10 to €19.50

Drug Payment Scheme threshold is being increased from€132 to €144 per month.

Over 70's with income of €600-€700 p/wk for single person and €1,200-€1,400 p/wk for couple - medical card replaced with a GP only card.

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