Government of Ireland approves cost-of-living package

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Along with some universal payments, the Irish government has agreed to a targeted cost-of-living package.

It includes €400 million (£352 million) for social protection programs.

Following a meeting on Monday night where specifics were agreed upon, the plan was approved by the cabinet on Tuesday morning.

A lump sum child benefit payment of €100 (£88) per child and an additional €100 for the Back to School Clothing and Footwear Allowance are two of the measures.

People receiving the Working Family Payment, single parents, low-income families, and recipients of disability benefits will receive an additional €200 (£176) in April.

Pensioners will also receive a €200 (£176) bonus payment.

However, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, the prime minister of Ireland, declared that the next budget will take a second look at the idea of a €200 (£176) energy payment for May.

He further stated that the end-of-the-month increase to the 9 percent VAT rate on gas and electricity has been cancelled.

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