Budget 2018: Everything you need to know

RPT-Irish finance minister to get creative with budget boost

An extra 4,000 social housing homes will be delivered next year through the Social Housing Current Expenditure Programme. 3,800 new social houses will be built by local authorities.

Commercial investment in housing finance will have €750 million made available.

Commercial Stamp duty is tripling from 2% to 6% from midnight tonight.

The 3% levy for 1st year of vacant site will more than double to 7%.

New house-building entity to boost construction.

1300 extra teaching posts in schools for 2018.

There will be 800 extra gardai and 500 extra civilians for the force.

The Department of Health's allocation includes an additional 1,800 in frontline staff across mental health, acute, disability, primary and community care services.

The prescription charge is to be reduced from €2.50 to €2.00 per item.

The Housing Assistance Payment Scheme will increase to €149m.

There will be an increase of €685million in Health spending in 2018 bringing total to €15.3bn for 2018 - a 5% increase.

Christmas bonus payment of 85% to be paid to all social welfare recipients in 2017.

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Mr Donohoe also said there would be a €20 increase in the earnings disregard for the One Parent Family Payment and Jobseekers Transitional Scheme.

The threshold for the Family Income Supplement will rise by €10 per week for families with children.

The 2.5% rate is being lowered to 2% with the ceiling for this rate raised from €18,772 to €19,372.

Entry point to the USC remains at € 13,000.

As well as that, Donohoe said that he would be establishing a working group to plan, over the coming year, the process of amalgamating USC and PRSI over the medium term.

The Minister also announced a €200 increase in the Earned Income Credit, bringing it to €1,150.

Mortgage interest relief will be cut next year in a move that will affect about 300,000 homeowners.

A Sugar Tax has been introduced.

A 30c per litre sugar tax on drinks with over 8g of sugar per 100ml, and a 20c per litre tax on drinks containing 5g to 8g of sugar per 100ml.

There are modest income tax cuts, a sugar tax on fizzy drinks and cigarettes are to increase by 50c for a packet of 20.

Total tax reductions in budget 2018 on income will be €335 million.

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