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Adding it up: Budget 2015 in numbers

1, 2, 3, 4, €500.

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NUMBERS, NUMBERS, NUMBERS – that’s what the Budget is all about.

Adding, subtracting, tweaking, bringing new figures to the table and changing how others are used.

Here are the prime numbers from Budget 2015:

  • 0 – the change in alcohol excise
  • 0.6 – the percentage of the pension levy that will be abolished by the end of this year
  • 1 – the date in January 2015 that the Double Irish loophole will be abolished on
  • 5 – the amount in euro that the Child Benefit will increase by
  • 9 – the number of euro in the Living Alone Allowance
  • 20 – the maximum percentage of savings first-time buyers can get a DIRT refund on
  • 25 – the percentage of the social welfare Christmas bonus
  • 40 – the percentage that the top rate of income tax has dropped to
  • 40 – a packet of 20 cigarettes will increase by this much in cents tonight
  • 55.5 – the amount in millions of euro that will be spent on tackling homelessness (including a €10m boost)
  • 200 – this many extra gardaí to be recruited
  • 2,500 - the number of social housing units for 2015
  • 12,000 – the entry point, in euro, to the Universal Social Charge

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