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# Budget2013

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Column: Here’s how the Budget could have been fairer
It was an exercise in macho posturing, writes Mary Murphy – but there are ways for the Government to boost our confidence in them.
# 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.
# 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.
# 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.
# Cutbacks
Names of 100 garda stations to close next year
Minister Shatter said that a garda sitting at a desk in a small garda station for three hours a day is not the best way to tackle crime.
Column: This Budget isn't just bad - it's at odds with Government policies
The cuts contained in this Budget fly in the face of Government statements on growth and protection. They’re difficult to justify, writes Michael Taft.
# wine flu
7 people who were really keen to get cheaper wine...
… and some people who didn’t understand the fuss
# 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
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.
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Readers’ panel: Farmer
Eric Driver is very disappointed in the loss of stamp duty relief for young farmers, calling it “short-sighted”.
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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.
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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.
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Readers’ panel: Single and working
Don Donoghue feels that the cuts in this year’s Budget were disappointing but not entirely unexpected.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
# 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.
# 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.
# Pensions
Finance Minister announces changes to pensions
The reduced USC rate for some of those aged over 70 is to be discontinued, while tax relief on pension contributions will soon only subsidise pension schemes under €60k per annum.
# Budget 2013
Wine up by €1 a bottle, beer increasing by 10c a pint
The government has increased the excise on alcohol and cigarettes by more than was expected in Budget 2013.
# Budget 2013
In full: Brendan Howlin's Budget speech to the Dáil
The full text of the speech given by Brendan Howlin to the Dáil, as prepared in advance of delivery.
# Philanthropy
Noonan: Charitable donations to be subject to 'simplified' tax relief regime
Donations made from the 2013 tax year will be subject to a new tax relief regime, with a “blended rate” of 31 per cent.
# purrrnot grigio
Steve the Cat has just heard about the €1 wine increase...
… and he needs a lie down.
# Budget 2013
In full: Michael Noonan's Budget speech to the Dáil
The full text of the speech given by Michael Noonan to the Dáil, as prepared in advance of delivery.
# anti-Budget
7 things to take your mind off Budget 2013
The Budget is the anti-craic, so here are some little gems to cheer up your afternoon.
# Milking it
PHOTOS: Steve the Cat’s pre-budget meeting
Economic analyst Mr Steve TheCat joins for Budget 2013.
# Budget 2013
Keaveney support for Budget "not taken for a given"
The Labour Party Chairman said that he ‘will look at the full package of the Budget’ before he votes tonight.
# I can haz budget
Meet our very special Budget 2013 analyst
Introducing the numbers man, Mr Steve TheCat.
# Budget 2013
Readers' Panel Part Two: What are you expecting from the Budget?
We spoke to some readers about their hopes and fears ahead of today’s budget. Here’s what they had to say, in their own words.
# Budget 2013
Readers' Panel Part One: What are you expecting from Budget 2013?
We spoke to some readers about their hopes and fears ahead of tomorrow’s budget. Here’s what they had to say, in their own words.
# Your Say
Poll: Which should be introduced: a 'mansion tax' or higher USC on top earners?
Today’s papers suggest the Cabinet has abandoned one in favour of the other. We’re asking: which would you introduce?
# Budget 2013
What motorists should expect in Budget 2013
VRT increases, road tax increases, and a new registration plate system.
# Budget 2013
Government income for 2012 to fall short of Budget target
The first documents for Budget 2013 show the government expecting a 4.5 per cent increase in income tax in 2013.