Social Welfare Bill to give effect to budgetary changes from January

Increases to child benefit and the state pension will take effect on January 1st, 2016. It follows the publication of the Social Welfare Bill which gives statutory effect to measures announced in Budget 2016. Kerry Labour TD Arthur J Spring said it is important that people in Kerry are aware of the upcoming changes and what it means for them. Deputy Arthur Spring The State Pension is set to increase by €3 and Child Benefit by €5; there is also to be a cut in USC rates, the restoration of the Respite Care Grant in full and Christmas Bonus by 75%.