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# budget13 - Wednesday 9 January, 2013

Column: Want to value your house for the property tax? Here’s a guide.

There is confusion over the valuation of homes for the property tax, writes Ronan Lyons – so here’s a handy informal guide.

# budget13 - Wednesday 19 December, 2012

Social Welfare Bill passes committee stage in Seanad by three votes

The bill passed in the upper house this evening with Labour’s James Heffernan confirming his vote against the law and losing the party whip. Only businessman Feargal Quinn voted with the coalition.

Dáil approves introduction of property tax in late-night vote

TDs debated proposed amendments until after 11pm last night – amid complaints that not enough time had been allocated.

# budget13 - Thursday 13 December, 2012

Labour chairman Keaveney votes against government on respite grant cut Down The Plank This post contains images

Labour chairman Keaveney votes against government on respite grant cut

Keaveney will be booted from the Labour parliamentary party after voting against cuts to respite care grants.

# budget13 - Tuesday 11 December, 2012

Dáil to begin debating Budget’s changes to social welfare system

The Social Welfare Bill, which gives legal effect to cuts to the respite care grant and other changes, will be debated this week.

# budget13 - Monday 10 December, 2012

Prospect of October Budget welcomed amid calls for more open process

Budget 2013 is less than a week old but already thoughts are turning to Budget 2014 and the possibility it could be held earlier than December next year.

# budget13 - Sunday 9 December, 2012

Labour chair still hoping Budget cut to child benefit can be reversed

“I think it is and it has to be,” Labour TD Colm Keaveney said when asked whether child benefit was still up for negotiation in the Budget.

Poll: Should the reduction in the respite care grant be reversed? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should the reduction in the respite care grant be reversed?

The decision to cut the grant by over €300 has proved controversial. Should it be reversed or does the government need to stick to its plans?

# budget13 - Saturday 8 December, 2012

From The Daily Edge Here is the week’s news… skewed Not The New

Here is the week’s news… skewed

Breaking via The Mire wire: Wine replaces the euro as common currency; Budget enshrines right to die in poverty and exclusive details of the Love/Hate Christmas special.

SIPTU president urges Taoiseach to introduce pensions tax sooner

In a letter to Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Jack O’Connor says that introducing the 41 per cent rate on pensions over €60,000 sooner would obviate the need for certain cuts.

Aaron McKenna: Where will Ireland be after two more Budgets?

The opposition’s reaction to Budget 2013 has been standard stuff. Will any party be credible the next time Ireland votes?

Opposition parties hit back at criticism of their alternative budgets

The government claims neither of the two main opposition parties had their pre-budget submissions fully costed but this has been described as a “complete red herring” by Fianna Fáil.

# budget13 - Friday 7 December, 2012

PHOTOS: Carers hold protest against plans to cut respite care grant Budget 2013 This post contains images

PHOTOS: Carers hold protest against plans to cut respite care grant

Over 100 people gathered outside Leinster House to rally against the proposed cut from €1700 to €1325.

# budget13 - Thursday 6 December, 2012

Ministers say December Budgets could be a thing of the past

Brendan Howlin says bringing Ireland into line with European moves could see Budgets in October, with two months of debate.

From The Daily Edge 7 people who were really keen to get cheaper wine… Wine Flu

7 people who were really keen to get cheaper wine…

… and some people who didn’t understand the fuss

Counting the pennies: where your tax money will go in 2013

The government’s going to spend €69 billion in total next year. So where does the average taxpayer’s money go?

From The Daily Edge Pic: Will Ferrell shows his support for Budget-hit Ireland Green Jersey

Pic: Will Ferrell shows his support for Budget-hit Ireland

At least, that’s what we assume he’s doing.

Buried news: what happened yesterday (other than Budget 2013)?

You may have missed these nuggets in the flurry of austerity announcements.

Budget 2013: Here’s how Twitter reacted Budget 2013 This post contains images

Budget 2013: Here’s how Twitter reacted

From the cuts in child benefit and respite care to the increase in the price of wine, here’s how people on Twitter reacted to Budget 2013.

Column: Real reform is being overlooked in the deficit scramble

There was broad consensus that our political system needed major change, writes David McCann – but that now seems largely forgotten.

Readers’ panel: How Budget 2013 has affected YOU

How is the Budget going to affect readers? We asked a broad selection of them to find out.

Readers’ Panel: Single parent

Fenella Samways felt “truly horrified” by today’s Budget, feeling that those who can least afford to pay have been hit hardest once again.

Readers’ panel: Farmer

Eric Driver is very disappointed in the loss of stamp duty relief for young farmers, calling it “short-sighted”.

Readers’ panel: Married with children

Fintan Hynes thinks that the universal cut to the children’s allowance was unfair. He also thinks that the increase in car tax is going to make it a lot more difficult for couples who need to run two cars.

Readers’ Panel: Small business owner

As a business owner, Gavin was happy that VAT remained unchanged and that there was no increase in the cost of fuel.

Readers’ panel: Single and working

Don Donoghue feels that the cuts in this year’s Budget were disappointing but not entirely unexpected.

Readers’ Panel: Unemployed

Jane, who’s unemployed and owns a house that’s in negative equity, is happy that the NPPR is to be axed but thinks that the blanket cut to the children’s allowance was a mistake.

Readers’ Panel: Cohabiter

Having bought a house this year, David Connolly estimates that today’s Budget has left him €523 worse off.

Readers’ Panel: Student

Andrew O’Connell had been expecting a greater cut to the Children’s Allowance. Overall, he believes today’s Budget could have been much worse.

Readers’ panel: Full-time carer

Patricia Donlon is happy that carers haven’t been too badly hit but is disappointed at the cut to the respite care grant that she uses to “treat” her parents.

Readers’ panel: On disability allowance

Elizabeth has not seen anything in the Budget that she believes will help her get the operation she needs or help her disabled son.

Readers’ panel: Pensioner

Pat Kelly was disappointed to hear that the respite grant had been cut but is happy that pensioners don’t seem to have been too badly effected.

# budget13 - Wednesday 5 December, 2012

BUDGET 2013: Here is what happened brings you every detail of the Budget 2013 announcement, all the analysis and all the reaction.

From The Daily Edge The day Steve the Cat came to our office… in photos Steve The Cat This post contains images

The day Steve the Cat came to our office… in photos

Steve was in the offices to offer some expert advice on Budget 2013.

PHOTOS, VIDEO: austerity protest outside Dáil Protest This post contains images

PHOTOS, VIDEO: austerity protest outside Dáil

Hundreds of people marched on the Dáil this evening after Michael Noonan and Brendan Howlin’s announcements.

Budget 2013: Breakdown of changes to social welfare payments

Cuts to the child benefit rate is causing anxiety this evening, along with a range of other newly-announced changes.

FLASHBACK: Eamon Gilmore says Labour won’t cut child benefit

The general election campaign seems like a long time ago now…

INFOGRAPHIC: Everything you need to know about Budget 2013

Want a simple run-down of everything that happened today? Check out this graph.

Respite care grant cut by over €300 in budget

The reduction represents a 19 per cent cut in the payment which is used by carers to pay for home help and respite care.

100 garda stations to close and 28 districts to amalgamate

Apart from the closure of 98 part-time garda stations, two large stations in Stepaside and Kill O’ the Grange, Dublin will also close.

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