Four key measures in Budget 2022 that will impact the lives of young people

By Ciara Phelan

Young adults will be one group that will benefit from Budget 2022 as it appears the Government aims to pull in younger voters.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said the Budget will aim to allow for life to return to normal after the pandemic.

Young people have been severely impacted by Covid-19 restrictions which prohibited them from socialising with friends and also made them miss out on the college experience.

While young adults are also crippled by sky-high rents and struggle to cope with the rising cost of living.

It seems the Government is trying to ease some pressures facing young adults and are planning to announce a number of measures including:

  • People aged between 19 and 23 are set to get a 50% discount on public transport fares

  • An increase in the SUSI grant for the first time in 10 years will see eligible students get an extra €200

  • Reduction in the number of PRSI contributions young people have to make to access dental treatment, from 260 to 39 weeks

  • Free contraception for young women aged between 17 and 25 from next year

Speaking in the Dáil, Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe announced an income tax deduction amounting to 30% of the cost of vouched expenses for heat, electricity and broadband "in respect of those incurred while working from home.”

He said: "This will support living standards as the economy starts to recover.”

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