Welfare Benefit Cuts in Budget 2011

Benefit Cuts From January 2011

Overall there will be a  4% cut effective from the first week in Jan 2011

Most benefits have been cut by €8 a week  – with a Proportionate decrease for those not on the maximum rate .
All rates will be unchanged for those aged 66 and over.
Invalidity Pension and State Pension Transition for recipients aged 65 will also be unchanged

There will be a reduction of €6 per week in the rate of Jobseeker’s Allowance and Supplementary Welfare Allowance for those aged 22-24.

There will be a reduction of €10 in the personal weekly rate of Supplementary Welfare Allowance

Free Business Accounts

The rate of payment of Jobseeker’s Allowance and Supplementary Welfare Allowance for those aged 18-21 is unchanged.

Associated maximum Qualified Adult Allowance(QAAs) will generally decrease by €5.30 per week from the first week in January 2011

See all the Rate Changes Here