BUDGET 2014: List of items affected…so far

The old reliables have been hit with increases on drink and cigarettes while pensioners and the unemployed will also have allowances cut.


  • Bereavement grant of €850 to families of dead people scrapped
  • OAP telephone allowance of €9.50 a month scrapped
  • Reduced dole payment for unemployed people under 26
  • Maternity benefit higher rate to be cut from €262 to 230 a week
  • Phasing out of mortgage interest supplement for new applicants
  • Technical changes to the invalidity pension
  • Clawback from insurance companies on compensation payments
  • Rent Supplement minimum contribution to be increased
  • Child benefit for third and subsequent child down €10, as announced
  • Mortgage Interest Relief to be phased out
  • RTE subsidy for OAP TV licences to be reduced by €5m from €59m to €54m
  • Normal dole payment safe
  • Pension safe
    Free Travel safe
  • Half rate carers allowance safe
  • Respite Care grant safe


  • 35,000 over 70s to go from medical card to GP only card
  • Income thresholds on medical cards for over 70s also to be tightened
  • GP only medical card for all children under 5
  • Prescription charges to go up by €1
  • Cuts to hospital services

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