Budget: Cuts announced in Health, Education and Social Welfare

first_img WhatsApp WhatsApp Google+ Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Previous articleBudget 2012 – as it happensNext articleBudget:Two garda station closures confirmed in Donegal News Highland Pinterest The Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin has been outlining the governments spending plans in part one of Budget 2012.1.4 billion euro worth of savings have been announced with the biggest cuts in the areas of Health, Social Welfare and Education.In Social Welfare, there will be no overall change to headline Social Welfare payments.However families with three or more children will feel the pain – the higher rate on childrens allowance payments for the third and subsequent children is to be phased out over a two year period.The rates of payment for child benefit are to be standardised over two years saving 43 million euroThe age at which which a child qualifies for back to school allowence is being rasied from 2 to 4.A shorter fuel allowance season is being introduced, moving from 32 to 26 weeksThe job seekers allowence is to be based on a five-day week rather than the existing six-day week basis. This will save 5.9 billion next year.In the area of Health, measures are to introduced to reduce the price of drugs in a bid to save 112 million euro.The monthly threshold for the drigs payment scheme is to be increased from 120 euro to 132 saving 12 million euro.In Education, college registration fees for third level students increases by 250 euro.The pupil pupil teacher ratio from in private fee paying secondary schools will increase from 20:1 to 21:1 in next school yearChanges to fee and maintenance supports for NEW postgraduate students and reducing maintenance grants GENERALLY will deliver savings of 12.6 million. Google+ By News Highland – December 5, 2011 Facebook Budget: Cuts announced in Health, Education and Social Welfare Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firecenter_img 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Twitter Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Newsx Adverts Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Facebook Pinterestlast_img read more