The duration of Jobseeker’s Benefit will be reduced from 12 months to 9 months for recipients with 260 or more contributions paid.
The duration of Jobseeker’s Benefit will be reduced from 9 months to 6 months for recipients with less than 260 contributions paid.
These measures come into effect on April 3rd 2013. Note: Claimants getting Jobseeker’s Benefit for 6 months or more (or 3 months in the case of those with less than 260 contributions paid) on April 3rd will not be affected.
Household Benefits Package :
The Telephone Allowance will be reduced from €22.58 to a new monthly rate of €9.50 . That is a cut of €157 a year. Effective Jan 2013.
The Electricity/Gas Allowance will be set at a single rate of €35 per month – it was previously set at 150 units a month . Previously when prices rose the allowance rose – now it is fixed unless another budget increases it.
Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance
The Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance will reduce from €250 to €200 for children aged 12 years and over and from €150 to €100 for children aged 4-11 years
The €300 Cost of Education Allowance payable to Back to Education Allowance participants will be stopped for new and existing participants