Social welfare Ireland: Leo Varadkar pledges to splash the cash in Budget 2022 with tax cuts and benefit increases

By Thomas Telford

Leo Varadkar has confirmed that people can look forward to tax cuts, pension and welfare increases when Budget 2022 is revealed.

Speaking at the Fine Gael think-in in Trim, Co Meath, Mr Vardakar confirmed that middle-income earners should also be getting tax cuts.

He said: "The reason why Fine Gael is calling for that pensions and welfare package to be in the Budget is because there hasn’t been an increase in the State pension now for a number of years, hasn’t been an increase in the basic weekly payments on welfare for a number of years and I think that was acceptable at a time when the cost of living wasn’t rising.

"It now is. We’ve seen a return to inflation. Anyone who pulls into the petrol station, anyone who goes to the supermarket will tell you that the cost of living is rising again.

“As a party we’re all about protecting people’s incomes and that applies to pensioners and people on welfare too."

Budget 2022 is set to be confirmed in October with Varadkar confirming that final figures on how much welfare/pensions will rise as well as tax cuts, will be discussed over the coming days.

Public infrastructure and other public services will also be getting additional investment.

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