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# Budget 2012

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# times of austerity
Budget (Leaks) 2012: Household Charge, Enda's National Address and 'sacrosanct' corporate tax
Budget 2012 was the first budget of the Fine Gael/Labour era.
# fuel allowance
Winter fuel allowance to be extended following cold snap
The 410,000 people in receipt of the weekly €20 allowance will be given the allowance for an extra week.
# Budget 2012
Here's where Ireland overspent by €1.118 billion on last year's Budget
Nine Departments and agencies needed extra top-ups to their funding in 2012. Here’s where the overflow went.
# Social Protection
Burton asks for extra €685 million in social protection funding... for 2012
On the day of Budget 2013, Joan Burton asks an Oireachtas committee to approve a 5.1 per cent increase for 2012.
# Receivership
'Sad occasion' for Bill Cullen as receiver appointed to Glencullen Holdings
The company operated Cullen’s last two Renault dealerships and is believed to owe him €19.5 million.
# economic letter
Central Bank publishes letter on Fiscal Compact - Ireland on track for 2020
The letter states that, despite ‘many uncertainties’, the date of 2020 remains achievable.
Voices
Column: Let’s get real – Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil should be in coalition
Labour isn’t happy in Government and Fianna Fáil merely snipe, writes Aaron McKenna. Why shouldn’t our two historically opposed parties get together?
# Spending
Retail organisation urges against negative budget speculation
While consumer confidence is on the increase, Retail Excellence Ireland warns that spending continues to fall.
# Your Say
Poll: Will the coalition government last until 2016?
In its 16 months in office the coalition has by-and-large worked together solidly but will it last all the way until the next general election?
# Mini-Budget
Minister to reveal on Monday whether mini-Budget is needed
The next Stability Programme Update is due out next Monday – but Michael Noonan remains insistent that we’ll meet our targets.
# Single Parents
Charities say Social Welfare Bill will push one-parent families into poverty
The Social Welfare Bill being brought to the Dáil proposes to send single parents onto the dole when their youngest child turns 7.
# Fiscal approach
Taking one for the team: Sports Council budget reduced for 2012
The Irish Sports Council must continue to tighten its belt for the foreseeable future with a further €1.5million reduction on their budget.
# Mini-Budget
Budget body says Ireland could need €400m mini-budget
The Irish Fiscal Advisory Council says the Budget’s projections for economic growth may have been too ambitious.
# United Kingdom
Osborne cuts corporate tax, creates credits for video game industry
Chancellor George Osborne has also raised the thresholds for income tax and child benefit, as well as hiking excise on cigarettes.
Voices
Column: Universities in crisis because they have no support
Irish universities fell out of the top 100 institutions rankings today but, writes Stephen Donnelly TD, without a bold, ambitious vision from Government they’ll never get back into them.
# One Year In
TheJournal.ie’s progress report for the Government: Public sector reform
The government promised to cut public sector numbers, increase accountability and improve performance. What’s happened?
# Budget 2012
State is overspending by €3,879 per person, according to TD's sums
Cork South West TD Noel Harrington has shared his Budget 2012 analysis with TheJournal.ie.
# S.P.A.R.K.
GALLERY: Single parents protest at 'discriminatory' Budget cuts
The SPARK (Single Parents Acting for the Rights of Kids) group took to the streets against cuts to allowances and schemes.
# Finance Bill
Dáil approves Finance Bill by 93 votes to 45
TDs vote in favour of the last part of the 2012 Budget, though there is still time for amendments to be made to the Bill.
# Austerity
'Few precedents' for scale of Ireland's austerity budgets, Gilmore admits
The Tánaiste told a US audience that budgetary measures had come “at a considerable cost to the Irish people”.
# Women's Rights
NWCI chief quits over Govt's 'scant regard' for women's rights
Susan McKay said Budget cuts to Women’s Council funding had made it impossible for her to do her job properly.
# school cuts
School cuts could lead to death of rural Ireland, councillor warns
Cllr Declan Hurley said institutions making up the “backbone” of rural communities were now all under threat.
# Daily Fix
The Daily Fix: Thursday
In tonight’s fix: A bad day for jobs, a good day for the government – and for some primary teachers, and which important group want help from JobBridge interns?
# Budget 2012
Quinn announces review of cuts to DEIS teacher numbers
Education minister Ruairí Quinn says he will seek a report on the Budget’s impact on teaching posts in disadvantaged schools.
# Motoring
NCT charge to increase by 10 per cent
From 1 February, it will now cost you €55 to have your car deemed road-worthy (or not).
# Mortgages
Mortgage holders told to ensure new interest relief is applied
The Department of Finance says lenders have been told to apply mortgage interest relief with effect from January 1st.
# Efficient
Late payment fee warning issued over €100 Household Charge
Around 700 people have already paid the charge, which came into effect on 1 January, according to the Household Charge Project Board.
# Hard Times
Former taoisigh lose mobile phone and secretarial expenses
From yesterday, former taoisigh are no longer entitled to claim expenses for secretarial work and mobile phones from the state.
# TheJournal.ie
All we want for 2012 (and what we won’t miss from 2011)
TheJournal.ie’s writers have each picked one thing that they are glad to see the back of – and one thing they are looking forward to this year.
# Budget 2012
Budget 2012: What measures kick in today?
A number of the measures outlined in the Budget 2012 will kick in today – we take a look at what they are.
# Your Say
Poll: Are you optimistic about 2012?
The New Year is just days away but are you looking forward to it?
# redundancies
Companies ‘rushing redundancies’ to exploit Budget layoff changes – REI
Retail Excellence Ireland says companies have brought forward planned redundancies before the government cuts redundancy rates.
# garda stations
State spends over €65k this year on Garda stations that will close in 2012
Four of the 31 Garda stations that will close next year have had refurbishment works carried out on them in the past 12 months.
# Property Tax
Expert group set to issue property tax recommendations within four months
The government is expediting the process to determine what will eventually replace the already controversial household charge.
Voices
Column: Ireland’s addicted to property – and Noonan is risking another bubble
The Government is keeping us hooked on house buying exactly when it should be weaning us off, writes Ronan Lyons.
# Poll
Fine Gael and Labour support plunges in new poll
Satisfaction with the Government has nosedived by ten points in the wake of the Budget, the Sunday Times/Behaviour and Attitudes poll shows.
# Household charge
New household charge could be docked from wages or welfare
People who boycott the annual payment – including several TDs – could see it taken directly from their paychecks or benefits, the Government has confirmed.
# Household charge
Pearse Doherty won't pay Household Charge - but says don't follow his lead
The Sinn Féin TD has said that anyone who doesn’t pay the charge should be mindful of legal and financial consequences.