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# Budget13

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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.
# Budget 2013
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.
# Property Tax
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.
# Down the plank
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.
# Budget 2013
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.
# Budget 2014
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.
# Child Benefit
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.
# Your Say
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?
# 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.
# Budget 2013
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?
# Alternative budgets
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.
# Budget 2013
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.
# Budget 2014
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.
# wine flu
7 people who were really keen to get cheaper wine...
… and some people who didn’t understand the fuss
# Budget 2013
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?
# Green Jersey
Pic: Will Ferrell shows his support for Budget-hit Ireland
At least, that’s what we assume he’s doing.
# Bad News Day
Buried news: what happened yesterday (other than Budget 2013)?
You may have missed these nuggets in the flurry of austerity announcements.
# Budget 2013
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.
# Budget 2013
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
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
Readers’ panel: Farmer
Eric Driver is very disappointed in the loss of stamp duty relief for young farmers, calling it “short-sighted”.
# readers panel
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
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
Readers’ panel: Single and working
Don Donoghue feels that the cuts in this year’s Budget were disappointing but not entirely unexpected.
# readers panel
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
Readers’ Panel: Cohabiter
Having bought a house this year, David Connolly estimates that today’s Budget has left him €523 worse off.
# readers panel
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
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
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
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.
BUDGET 2013: Here is what happened brings you every detail of the Budget 2013 announcement, all the analysis and all the reaction.
# steve the cat
The day Steve the Cat came to our office… in photos
Steve was in the offices to offer some expert advice on Budget 2013.
# Protest
PHOTOS, VIDEO: austerity protest outside Dáil
Hundreds of people marched on the Dáil this evening after Michael Noonan and Brendan Howlin’s announcements.
# Social Welfare
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.
# 665 days later...
FLASHBACK: Eamon Gilmore says Labour won't cut child benefit
The general election campaign seems like a long time ago now…
# Budget13
INFOGRAPHIC: Everything you need to know about Budget 2013
Want a simple run-down of everything that happened today? Check out this graph.
# Budget 2013
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.
# Gardaí
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.