Policy wonk. Data driven. News addict. Head of Social Policy & Employment Affairs at the Irish Congress of Trade Unions. Usual disclaimers apply.

Dublin, Ireland
Joined May 2015
Laura Bambrick retweeted
Quite the guest list for the first Budget Night visit to Buswells in a few years . At 10 , join @KatieGHannon and @neasa_neasa , @drbambrick and @Damien_English and @geraldnash - and thats only half the panel !! @RTERadio1 after news at 10 !
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Taking my red biro to #Budget2023🖊
It’s an unprecedented €11 billion giveaway – but have they got the balance right? Do the welfare increases and supports for businesses go far enough? Are the tax cuts fair to the lower paid? And can all of these promises actually be delivered? Join @KatieGHannon at 10PM.
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Laura Bambrick retweeted
#Budget2023 contains an income tax package of €1.1billion, with the entry point for the higher tax rate raised, Brian O’Donovan takes a closer look at the bottom line | More: bit.ly/3DTceFk
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Laura Bambrick retweeted
The top 1% of earners should not be getting an inflation-proof €15 a week in income tax relief while our lowest paid minimum wage workers get a real pay cut - Patricia King #Budget2023
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Income tax package worth €1.1bn. Increased income tax relief worth €15pw to 1 in 4 (23%) income earners – 34% of earners outside tax net. 43% pay tax at standard rate. Need to see tax clawback on those with the highest income, otherwise this is reverse targeting. #Budget2023
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Significant (up to 25%) reduction in out-of-pocket childcare fees for parents. A landmark #Budget2023 measure. State now recognising childcare as an essential service. Childcare no longer viewed as a private issue for families. Long overdue and hugely welcome!
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Very welcome extension of GP care. Few workers covered by publicly-funded healthcare because the maximum earnings to qualify is so low. 1 in 7 hold a medical card, 1 in 27 a GP visiting card. Given the chronic capacity issue this needs to be adequately resourced #Budget2023
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Laura Bambrick retweeted
Childcare Budget to hit €1 billion next year, 5 years ahead of schedule #Budget2023
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Laura Bambrick retweeted
📢 As of January 2023, childcare fees will be reduced by 25%, as part of a €1bn investment in childcare. This means that parents, on average, will save €1,200 per child per year, up to a maximum of €2,100. #Budget2023
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Laura Bambrick retweeted
Hospital charges for overnight stays as an inpatient are to end from next April, under planned Budget measures. Currently an adult may pay up to €800 in a year for an overnight stay in a public hospital, if they do not have a medical card, or private health cover .@rtenews
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Progress towards #universalhealthcare in #Budget2023 🔹 6-7 year olds to get Doctor Visit Cards 🔹 400,000 suffering from the cost of living crisis to get DVCs (though not wider primary access through GMS cards…) 🔹 Contraception care increased up to those who are 30.
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Laura Bambrick retweeted
430,000 more people in line to receive GP visit card under budget measures being finalised tonight. It would mean that for the first time more than half the population would have either a GP visit card or a full medical card.
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Our @irishcongress president @kcallinan50 welcoming Minister @rodericogorman to the launch of our gender pay gap reporting guide - “working families eagerly await your announcement tomorrow on reducing childcare fees and warmly welcome your announcement on paid domestic leave.”
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Some old wine in a new bottle from Dept - all parents are already eligible for a universal .50c an hour/ €90 a month subsidy to reduce their fees with a registered provide. Eligibility to subsidy widened to children up to aged 15 in last year’s budget. #Budget2023 = +90c ph.
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Correction - this is to €1.40/hr, which works out at the €170pm assuming the facility claims the subsidy for a full 9am-6pm day @virginmedianews
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Will be watching to see if this €170 a month reduction in full-time childcare fees will be on top of OR includes the €22.50 weekly/ €90 monthly universal childcare subsidy, which was in last year’s budget but only came into effect this month. #Budget2023
Budget 2023: Childcare fees to be reduced by up to €170 per month under deal struck by coalition parties independent.ie/irish-news/ed…
If we are to maintain social solidarity, as we did through the pandemic, universal cost of living measures such as the energy credit and extra month child benefit have a vital part of play during this crisis, alongside targeted to-ups for most needy #Budget2023 @RadioBrendanRTE
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Welcome strengthening the contributory principle - what you get out linked to what you’ve put in. It’ll remove anomalies in the state pension that shortchange many pensioners. Worrying and unworkable if the contributions upper target is set too high to be reasonably achieved.
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Trade union fears that the school transport debacle (a reduction in price increased demand that couldn’t be met) will rattle officials delivering on the commitment to half childcare fees are confirmed by @oconnellhugh Spoke to @TodaywithClaire about this rte.ie/radio/radio1/clips/22…
Revealed: The parts of Budget 2023 that are still not agreed two days out, and the rows that are holding it up buff.ly/3RapHM2
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In advance of the release of #Budget2023, check out our latest publication from the Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO). The Pre-Budget 2023 Ready Reckoner shows readers the estimated annual cost of various tax and welfare options. #seeforyourself 💶bit.ly/3DQ894u
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