Budget 2022 to benefit significant number of Fingal residents – Farrell

Dublin Fingal TD and Fine Gael Climate Action Spokesperson, Alan Farrell, has said that Budget 2022 is a positive result for many people and families across Fingal.

Deputy Farrell said, “This budget will make real differences to people from all backgrounds and walks of life. It is a positive budget after a difficult period throughout the pandemic for many. This will deliver real, on-the-ground, improvements and increase the quality of life for so many in Ireland.”

Deputy Farrell continued, “There are many highlights in Budget 2022, however some particularly positive inclusions are as follows.”

“Education will see the addition of almost 1,165 SNAs, which will have a profound difference to children in Ireland. Moreover, the Pupil-Teacher-Ratio will be reduced from 25:1 to 24:1. The Back to School Allowance will increase by €10. This will continue to build on the work of Fine Gael in Government to provide the highest quality education in Ireland.”

“The State pension will be increased by €5, and the weekly fuel allowance will similarly see a €5 increase; again, building on regular increases in the pension under Fine Gael.”

“Income tax bands will change, increasing the standard band rate by €1,500, resulting in more money in people’s pockets.”

“Social Welfare payment will also be increased by €5 and it has been agreed that a double payment of Social Welfare allowances will made this Christmas.”

Deputy Farrell said, “Childcare is a key priority of Fine Gael and an issue I have continually worked on since entering politics. An investment of €716m in childcare is a major development marking a significant commitment. This will be coupled increases in Parent’s Benefit from 5 weeks to 7 weeks.”

“Young adults, who are often overlooked in Budgets will benefit from a reduction in public transport fees by 50% for those aged between 19 and 23 years old, which will not only make it cheaper for young people to get around the city but also incentivise the use of public transport which will result in lower carbon emissions.”

Deputy Farrell added, “Carer’s play a vital role in easing the strain on health services and I am pleased to see increased in the earnings disregard and indeed the amount they can have saved in the bank is being increased to €50k. The Drugs Payment Scheme will also be lowered from €114 to €100.”