Government will consider budget day measures with immediate effect

Taniste Leo Varadkar said that the government will consider budget day measures to deal with the crisis of livelihood which will be effective immediately.

R Varadkar said the government is assessing what measures can be implemented immediately as part of the budget package to be announced in October.

The Fine Gael leader said he did not rule out taking additional measures to help cash-strapped families, but said there were no specific plans ahead of Budget Day.

The government has come under constant pressure to do more to ease the financial strain on families and households, however, it has resisted calls to bring in an emergency budget.


One report found that the estimated number of Irish households in energy poverty has exceeded 29% (David Jones/PA)

This comes as a report found that the estimated number of Irish households in energy poverty has exceeded 29%.

Recent energy inflation has raised the share of households in energy poverty to 29.4%, according to research by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI).

Speaking in Dublin on Thursday, Mr Varadkar said the government was considering what measures could take effect from Budget Day.

“One of the things we’re really looking at right now is what measures we can put in place right now so that we don’t have to wait until January for all of them to take effect,” he said.

“We did this in the last budget. So we are now examining which measures we can implement immediately, which measures will be implemented in January and which will be implemented later in the year.

He defended the government’s handling of the livelihood crisis, saying the measures introduced since January have helped the public.

We are not ruling out interim measures but at the moment the plan is Budget Day, which is only three months away.Leo Varadkari

“If we had not done what we have done, petrol and diesel would be 20 to 15 cents more today, you would not get two or three hundred euros from your electricity bill and pension and welfare would be less and income tax would be higher,” he claimed did.

“I think that’s a lot of what we’ve done. Unfortunately we don’t control energy prices.

“But we can and do help with 2.4 billion euros so far. We intend to do some more helping with the budget in three months’ time. We are not ruling out interim measures, but at the moment the plan is Budget Day, which is only three months away.

He continued: “Another area I’d like to see action on is childcare because a lot of middle-income families, working families spend a lot of money on childcare and that’s really stopping some people from getting into the labor market. Is.

“So it makes a lot of economic sense to do so.

“We plan to take more action to help people with the cost of living and that will happen on budget day, not ruling out anything in the interim, but not specifically planned.


Taniste Leo Varadkar said the government did not rule out further measures to address the cost of living crisis (Damien Storan/PA)

“I understand the call for an emergency budget, but I would argue that in fact we have already done that.”

Mr Varadkar said the government would monitor the cost of living in the summer months.

“Energy bills, fuel bills, electricity bills are really affected a lot in autumn and winter, and so we think October is the best moment to intervene further, but we will continue to monitor things.” ,

“We understand the impact on household income.

“Many people feel really pinched and some people are really struggling to pay the bills and they make very difficult choices about where to spend their money.”